Egyptian Women’s Volleyball Team Competed in Hijab For Their First Olympic Game

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An Egyptian athlete who wore a hijab, long sleeves and trousers while facing Germany in an Olympic beach volleyball match has said wearing a head covering “won’t keep [her] away” from the sport.

 

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Doaa Elghobashy and her partner Nada Meawad made history as they played in the Copacabana beach court on Sunday, becoming Egypt’s first ever Olympic team to compete in a beach volleyball tournament.

Elghobashy, who made a stark contrast to her German competitors wearing bikinis, spoke about wearing a hijab during the competition and her pride at representing her north African country in the Games, after losing 21-12, 21-15 to Germany.

“I have worn the hijab for 10 years,” she told the Associated Press. “It doesn’t keep me away from the things I love to do, and beach volleyball is one of them.

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“I’m proud to be seen raising the Egyptian flag in a carnival with so many nations.”

Elghobashy and Meawad qualified for the Rio Olympic Games through a regional competition designed to open the sport up to countries beyond the Brazilians, Americans and Europeans who dominate the international pro-tour.

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