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You won’t see Egypt’s beach volleyball team in bikinis as women opt for long sleeves, hijab

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There was an unfamiliar sight on the Olympic beach volleyball court Sunday — long sleeves. They belonged to Egypt’s Doaa Elghobashy and Nada Meawad, who lost to Germany in their opening round match, but were proud to play in the country’s first Olympic beach volleyball game.

“I have worn the hijab for 10 years,” Elghobashy said to 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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Playing the Canadians

 

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The International Volleyball Federation changed their rule on volleyball attire for London, allowing for athletes to wear body suits and make modifications on their uniforms to suit “religious and cultural requirements” of conservative countries. It also was beneficial because of the cold temperatures at the 2012 Olympics.

“It was to open it up culturally,” FIVB spokesman Richard Baker told the news outlet on the decision. “The goal was to allow more people to play the sport of volleyball.”

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Track athlete, Allah it must be hot!

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And now there is the Burqini! How do these women cool off?

A burqini  swimsuit is a type of swimsuit for women. The design is intended to comply with the Quranic instruction for Muslim women to dress modestly. The suit covers the whole body except the face, the hands and the feet, whilst being light enough to enable swimming. It looks rather like a full-length wetsuit with built-in hood, but somewhat looser and made of swimsuit material instead of neoprene.

In August 2009, a woman in France was prevented from swimming in a public pool wearing a burqini, amidst ongoing controversy about Islamic dress. The action was justified by reference to a law that forbids swimming in street clothes. In August 2016, the mayor of Cannes banned the swimsuits, citing a possible link to Islamic extremism.

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Posted August 17, 2016 by markosun in Bizarre, Religulous

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