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.
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.
“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.