This is certainly strange
This is certainly strange
OC, that is an Omani podium girl....
It may be a bad omen to have podium girls in Oman. . . .
I recall seeing some in recent years, covered head-to-toe as you would expect.
Is that podium "girl" on his knees in front of Froome? In any case, that's not a good position to be in...
Anyone notice Cav’s face on the podium of Tour of Qatar? Don’t know which stage. I watched them all in one go as the excitement, commentary and suspense was just killing me. The lady handed Cav a very small bouquet along with his trophy, Cav accepted it politely with his usual grin, looked at the bouquet in a funny way, raised his arms for a small applause and then looked at the bouquet again (you could see what he was thinking..… “what you picked these yourself on the way here?”) and then handed it back to her on his way off the podium.
I think he was being polite by giving flowers to the lady rather than throwing them into a non-existing crowd, it just appeared funny on camera.
No podium girls but they may have podium camels.
It bugs me that they have this race there. In a way, it's condoning the country's treatment of women.
Oman and Qatar must be paying athletes a hefty sum to go race there. Theses countries are trying to diversify their investments as oil runs out. Qatar is buying left and right in France, from the Paris Saint-Germain soccer team to 5-star palace hotels on the Riviera. Meanwhile their women can't walk around without some black sheet covering them from head to toe as GJanney mentioned, and I'm not sure they're allowed to drive at all (as in Saudi Arabia).
maybe... hut under the burka they are wearing Armani, Prada, etc etc. also, it is far better to have a driver (heavily armed) than to drive yourself, male or female. Does the UCI seriously claim that they are developing cycling in the Middle East? Are thee more than ten Arab athletes of any kind in the world?
Iranians think they are Persians but there are more track riders than 10. These races in Oman and Qatar are about publicity for these countries. There are lots of Arab racing cyclists including Women. I attended the asian Games in Qatar and even Syria had a women's team. The wore long tights and a head scarf too. Clearly strong enough but also clearly they had no experience.
The world is the same every where. People trying to make the best life out of the system they live in.
They had Podium girls and they definitely don't kiss the riders. Nor do the podium boys.
The only way we're going to see some change in these countries is by bringing them into fold, not by isolating them.
But for the moment the islamic world seems to be entering its Dark age. We've been there, took a long time to get out, and some parts of the western world are still not out of the claws of religion.
OC: "some parts of the western world are still not out of the claws of religion"
Are you implying that Texas and Missouri are part of the Western world?!?!? :)
On the one hand it may be true that it's hard to keep 'em down on the farm, once they've seen the city lights (i.e. bringing them into the fold). However,it was only after an extensive boycott of South Africa, that things finally changed there.
Nick - I think that's the rosy story that western powers would like you to believe. From what I understand it had a lot more to do with ever increasing internal pressures, the collapse of the soviets making ANC seem less like a communist front, and the bold strokes of two men on opposite sides of the apartheid fence.
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