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asandhu23
09-02-2010, 10:54 AM
ISTANBUL (AP) -- FIBA's dance team has been benched during Turkey's games.

The Red Foxes have been told to stop performing in games involving the host country because their risque costumes and routines are offensive to the nation that is nearly entirely Muslim. Islam prohibits women from exposing their skin in public.

Basketball's governing body said Wednesday the ban was not its decision. Secretary general Patrick Baumann said he wants entertainment to be part of the games, but "if it needs a little bit of adjustment that is fine with us.''

Performers wore long pants Wednesday during a game between the United States and Iran. Iranian officials had turned their backs when the dancers, who usually wear tiny shorts or skirts, performed in earlier games.

The Red Foxes, a professional dance team from the Ukraine, will still perform at other games in Ankara.

"The dancers bring much fun and joy to fans watching games and help to create a vibrant, happy atmosphere in the arenas,'' Baumann said.

FIBA's statement did not include who imposed the ban or the reason for it, though said there was speculation that the dance routines were "too risque.'' It added that Turkish prime minister Tayyip Erdogan, his wife and the country's minister for foreign affairs attended Turkey's victories over Russia on Sunday and Greece on Tuesday.

"It is a balance between respecting the culture and making sure basketball delivers all the pace, excitement and entertainment that goes with the world championship,'' Baumann said.


http://www.nba.com/2010/news/09/01/dance-team-banned.ap/index.html?ls=iref:nbahpt2

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stejay
09-02-2010, 10:58 AM
Silly reasoning....

Tqafg96
09-02-2010, 11:16 AM
Not really. If the game was in isreal and every one came out dancing with Nazi uniforms on, I'm sure the world would get upset about it.

thescore53
09-02-2010, 11:20 AM
im sure turkoglu doesnt care.

Raidaz4Life
09-02-2010, 11:30 AM
I don't see it as that big of a deal. Its not like this is a key tradition to the tournament or anything... Nothing will change without them there.

DaBUU
09-02-2010, 11:37 AM
I don't see it as that big of a deal. Its not like this is a key tradition to the tournament or anything... Nothing will change without them there.

yeah but the ruling help perpetuate that backwards culture of telling woman what they can and cannot do.

1-800-STFU
09-02-2010, 11:38 AM
Not really. If the game was in isreal and every one came out dancing with Nazi uniforms on, I'm sure the world would get upset about it.

If I laughed at this is that a bad thing?

Hellcrooner
09-02-2010, 11:38 AM
You got to respect the traditions from wherever you are going.

or not go there a t all.

daleja424
09-02-2010, 11:58 AM
yeah but the ruling help perpetuate that backwards culture of telling woman what they can and cannot do.

I agree that the treatment of women in that culture is offensive to our sense of liberty, but it is there country, it is their culture. You cannot go into their country for an event and then offend their system.

daleja424
09-02-2010, 12:00 PM
clearly this thread is just going to be people saying offensive things...so its closed.