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Buttocks in close-up: World climbing association apologizes for voyeuristic TV images


Johanna Färber is a top climber. At the World Cup in Moscow, however, a TV camera did not record the athletic performance, but above all the buttocks of the Austrian champion. The outrage is great.

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Johanna Färber already knows that.

The camera remains on the climber's bottom for seconds.

In June, the top athlete complained about such TV images from the Austrian broadcaster ORF.

Now, however, the same thing has happened to the Austrian champion at the World Cup in Moscow.

During an intermediate cut in the bouldering semifinals of the ongoing competition, Färber's buttocks were shown again in close-up and slow motion.

There were white handprints on her black trousers, which obviously came from the magnesium used.

Made the body an object

This camera work has been heavily criticized on social media.

After the protests, the World Association of Sport Climbers (IFSC) has apologized for the voyeuristic images.

The IFSC condemned that the "human body is being made an object," and the association assured that it would "take further steps to stop this and protect the athletes."

The statement by IFSC President Marco Maria Scolaris sounded a bit desperate after the meeting with Austria's delegation: "How often do things have to be done wrong before we learn what is right," he asked.

The association announced that it would "deeply apologize to Johanna Färber, the Austrian climbing association and the entire sport climbing community for the pictures that were broadcast during the bouldering semi-final."

Sexism in sport had recently been the subject of vigorous discussions, especially during the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

The German gymnasts consciously chose full body suits instead of a tight gymnastics dress, which was more like a bathing suit.

So they set a sign that every athlete must be able to decide for herself how much of her body to show off.

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Source: spiegel

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