Rio De Janeiro: Pictured was Doaa Elghosbashy wearing a hijab, long sleeves and leggings while competing against Kira Walkenhorst in her two-piece bikini.
Commentators on social media were quick to call this a “clash”, but was it? Or was it simply two women playing a sport they love in a sports kit they chose?
Beach volleyball has long been associated with skimpy outfits and it wasn’t until London 2012 that female athletes had the option to wear less revealing uniforms. The International Volleyball Federation allowed players to wear shorts and sleeved tops in addition to body suits and bikinis to respect cultural beliefs of various countries. In previous competitions, Olympic players’ uniforms had to be less than 6 inches wide.