World gone MAD: Hijab-wearing athletes are hit at the Rio Olympics

Who said you have to wear a bikini to play volleyball? Despite the sport being associated with standard beach attire, a game between the Egyptian and Germany women’s volleyball teams in the Olympics showed the contrast of cultures between both teams, breaking perceived notions of what an athlete should wear.

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.

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.

H/T: rt.com

World gone MAD: Hijab-wearing athletes are hit at the Rio Olympics
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