Saturday, 4 September 2010

Cheerleaders Excluded from Basketball World Championship Games in Turkey

The Basketball World Championships are currently taking place in Turkey. Traditionally, entertainment is provided at the games by troupes of cheerleaders. But in Muslim Turkey that doesn't go down so well. At some games, the cheerleaders have been asked to wear less scanty clothing; at others, they have been asked to absent themselves completely. The latter have included all games attended by senior politicians from the ruling AKP political party.

The presence of cheerleaders at the tournament has caused something of a problem for Turkey, a secular nation which is overwhelmingly Muslim.
Dancers were missing altogether from Turkey's two most recent matches in Ankara. At other matches, officials turned their back in order to avoid viewing the scantily clad cheerleaders and their energetic routines.

Is this a country that belongs in the European Union? No.

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