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Qatar removes nude statues from Olympics exhibition

Action taken over two ancient Greek statues in Doha show amid concerns over nudity

Qatar removes nude statues from Olympics exhibition
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Qatar has removed two ancient statues from its Olympic Games exhibition because of concerns over nudity.

The Muslim Gulf country had wanted to cover the statues with black cloth but the request was rejected by Greece, which is sponsoring the exhibition, AFP reported.

The priceless statues are among more than 500 exhibits that depict the original Olympic Games, which are estimated to have started circa 700 BC. At the time, athletes did not wear clothes when they competed.

A member of the Greece Cultural Ministry told AFP the statues were never put on display and were sent back to storage in Greece on April 19.

The exhibition is part of a friends-building exercise between the two countries. Qatar has been increasingly investing in the debt-laden Eurozone country, including recently purchasing a collection of islands in the Ionian Sea.

The Doha exhibit runs to June 30.

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George H 6 years ago

Did the qataris not know the statues featured nudity before they requested them?

I mean even a child with a primary school education knows most statues from ancient Greece and Rome feature nudity.

Glen 6 years ago

A classic case of the invisible garment, nothing would have been said untill it was pointed out. Perhaps they had a child at a preview.

RBH 6 years ago

Honestly, the sculptures should've never been ordered in the first place. Didn't they have photographs of those before they were sent?