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.”
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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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.
WILLIAMSTOWN, Kentucky – There’s an ark being built in Kentucky but it’s not for a flood, it’s for profit. Kentucky’s Bible-themed theme park is set to debut its $100 million life-sized replica of Noah’s Ark this summer.
Ark Encounter — a sister attraction to the nearby Creation Museum — released footage of the under-construction boat in landlocked Williamstown ahead of its July 7 grand opening.
The flyover video showed teams working on the 510-foot ark, which the park claims to be the biggest timber-frame construction in the U.S. The ark-centered theme park will also boast a petting zoo full of live animals and sculptures of exotic creatures not native to Kentucky, CBS News reported.
But the creators aren’t preparing for a real flood; the wooden vessel can’t float as it’s anchored to a cement base.
The religious attraction has faced an onslaught of criticism ahead of its summer debut. While hiring for the grand opening, Ark Encounter announced it would require all park employees to be Christian — and sign a “statement of faith” avowing their beliefs. Critics slammed the religious hiring process as a violation of the separation of church and state since the park enjoys state tax breaks.
Ken Ham — president of Answers in Genesis, the religious group behind both the Creation Museum and Ark Encounter — insisted that the soon-to-open ark is being built through private funding.
“We are an overtly Christian organization — we don’t hide that fact,” he told CBS. “What we’re doing in using our religious preference is saying that people who work at Ark Encounter will need to testify that they’re Christian.”
The Creation Museum opened in Petersburg, about 40 miles north of Williamstown, in 2007. Answers in Genesis announced its plan to open the ark sister site in 2010.
Tickets to the ark alone will cost $40 for adults, while kids get in for $28. Combo-passes for Ark Adventure and the Creation Museum range between $60 and $45.