Hijab-Wearing Volleyball Player Makes Historic Rio Appearance

The competition was fierce — but it wasn’t the actual athletic performance that made headlines. When Egypt’s Doaa El-Ghobashy made her historic Olympic appearance at the Copacabana beach volleyball venue on Sunday, Aug. 7, most of the focus was what she was wearing and what her competition wasn’t. As the first Egyptian team to ever qualify for beach volleyball at the Olympics, El-Ghobashy and her teammate Nada Meawad opted to wear leggings and long sleeves as they took on Germany’s Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst, who wore the standard two-piece bikinis. El-Ghobashy also donned a hijab — the first Olympic beach volleyball player to do so. She and Meawad ended up losing to Germany, but that wasn’t the end of the conversation.

The “London Times” called the contrast of uniforms a “culture clash,” while CNN’s Bill Weir suggested it was the “unifying power of sport.” What do you think of it? Let us know in the comments. For NewsBeat Social, I’m Molly Riehl..


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