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Egyptian Women’s Beach Volleyball Team Rock Hijab & Sleeved Uniforms on the Sand For First Time at the 2016 Rio Olympics

The end of regulation bikinis means team Egypt can play the sport on their own terms.

Egypt’s first women’s beach volleyball team to participate in the Olympics since the sport was added in 1996 made their initial appearance against Germany at the Copacabana venue Sunday night. It was the Egyptians’ first international event outside the African continent where they had won a major title in April and are ranked 15th overall.


All eyes were on the duo Doaa Elghobashy and Nada Meawad as they appeared donning long-sleeves and long-pants out of respect for Egypt’s Islamic culture of modesty. Elgohbashy also wore a hijab that covered her hair, which was permitted in a last minute decision after African Volleyball Confederation chairperson Amr Elmany of Egypt made the ask of the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB). Their uniforms offered a refreshing sight that contrasted the barely-there uniforms of German players Kira Walkenhorst and Laura Ludwig.

"I have worn the hijab for 10 years," Elghobasy tells reporters after losing to Germany 2-0. "It doesn't keep me away from the things I love to do, and beach volleyball is one of them."

It appears women’s beach volleyball at the Rio Olympics and future games won’t only have to count on the sex appeal of teeny-bikini-clad players to draw ratings going forward. Even if U.S. beach volleyball player Kerri Walsh Jennings argues lycra two-pieces are better for game play.

Leading up to the 2012 Olympic games in London, the FIVB relaxed its regulations in effort to be more culturally sensitive. The new rule permits uniform "shorts of a maximum length of three centimeters (1.18 inches) above the knee, and sleeved or sleeveless tops."

“Many of these countries have religious and cultural requirements, so the uniform needed to be more flexible,” International Volleyball Federation spokesman Richard Baker explains to The Associated Press.

The adjustment of the uniform regulations is having an impact as participation in beach volleyball is up to 169 countries compared to 143, four years ago.

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Jojo is now sharing her latest music video for "Nye VeVe SeSe," a song featured on her iPhone-only production project, Diary Of A Traveler.

"Nye Veve Sese is an invitation to let go of the burden of pain and suffering that keeps us from becoming our best and greatest selves," a statement from Jojo's team reads. "Asking the question of why pain is pleasurable to both the one in pain and the source of the pain. Often time the two being one and the same."

Watch her new "meditative piece," which was shot in Bedstuy, Brooklyn, below.

Jojo Abot will be playing her final US show of the year in New York City alongside Oshun on October 26 at Nublu 151. Grab your tickets here.

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