Full statement from the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB):
“Following an investigation, the FIVB can confirm that Qatari beach volleyball player Cherif Younousse was subjected to racially abusive language by a hotel staff member in Cancun, Mexico.
The FIVB strongly condemns this wholly unacceptable behaviour and maintains a zero-tolerance policy against all forms of discrimination. The FIVB worked closely with the local organiser and hotel management to ensure appropriate action was taken, and the hotel staff member in question has been removed from the event.
The FIVB has been in contact with Cherif and the Qatar Volleyball Association to provide further support. All parties have since expressed their agreement and satisfaction with the actions taken to resolve this situation, and are looking forward to the third and final Cancun Hub event.
The FIVB is committed to eliminating all forms of discrimination from our sport to ensure that the global Volleyball Family is safe, inclusive and welcoming to all.”