Rio Olympics 2016: Hijab over bikinis no barrier to beach volleyball dream

Egypt's Doaa Elghobashy dives for the ball against Italy. Photo / AP
Egypt's Doaa Elghobashy dives for the ball against Italy. Photo / AP

An Egyptian beach volleyball player who shunned the sport's standard dress code - wearing a hijab, long sleeves and trousers - refused to let her choice of clothing keep her from competing in Rio.

Doaa Elghobashy wore a hijab while playing with partner Nada Meawad against Germany, making history as Egypt's first beach volleyball compeititors at the Olympics.

Her attire was in stark contrast with that of her opponents with their bikinis, but Elghobashy said it didn't stop her from competing at the highest level.

"I have worn the hijab for 10 years. It doesn't keep me from the things I love to do, and beach volleyball is one of them," she told the Associated Press after Egypt's 21-12, 21-15 loss.

"I'm proud to be seen raising the Egyptian flag in a carnival with so many nations."

The Egyptian pair qualified for the Rio Olympics as part of an effort aimed to open the sport up to countries which are not traditional beach volleyball powerhouses.

The International Volleyball Federation eased their rules around the size of uniforms before the 2012 Olympics, allowing long sleeves and trousers.

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