There is a lot of sand in Qatar but not a lot of beach parties. At least, not the kind of revelry that tends to draw beach volleyball players, in their bikinis and short shorts.

A lack of tradition, though, has not stopped Qatar from assembling a top-flight beach volleyball team. On Saturday, Cherif Younousse and Ahmed Tijan won bronze in the Olympic men’s beach volleyball competition, after having defeated Italy, the 2016 silver medalists, along the way.

"Everyone now knows Qatar in beach volleyball,” Younousse said. "It’s on the map.”