Doha 25th April 2013: Three ancient Greek statues have been removed from an Olympic Games exhibition because of concerns over nakedness.
Organisers in Qatar wanted to cover up the statues’ members with black cloth and the request was rejected by Greece, which is sponsoring the exhibition.
According to a Greece Cultural Minister the statues were never put on display and were sent back to storage in and returned on April 19.
The statues are among over 500 exhibits that illustrate the original Olympic Games and included a classical Greek youth and a Roman-era copy of an athlete, were nude, in the tradition of how Olympic athletes used to compete.
The exhibition is part of a friends-building exercise between Qatar and Greece and features ancient Olympia, the modern games and displays some 1,200 objects, including over 600 objects from Greece and international museums.