Nada Meawad and Doaa Elghobashy, who chose to wear a hijab, opted for leggings and long sleeves in comparison to their German rivals, who wore standard two-piece bikinis for the event.
— Ebru الله ☪️ ♥ (@Epyoe) August 8, 2016
FIVB spokesperson Richard Baker said the sport wanted to “open it up culturally” for players. “The goal was to allow more people to play the sport of volleyball,” he said.
US fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad has worn the hijab throughout her career and is the first athlete to compete in the sport while covering her hair.
— Ibtihaj Muhammad (@IbtihajMuhammad) August 7, 2016