The women on Egypt’s beach volleyball team caught everyone’s attention when they took the court in Copacabana on Sunday.
Dressed in hijabs that covered their heads and sleeves that covered their arms and legs, the women from the predominantly Muslim country were fully clothed.
It was a stark difference compared to how Germany was dressed — in the standard bikini. (RELATED: The Women Volleyball Players At The Olympics Just Caught Everyone’s Attention)
This is the nation’s first Olympic beach volleyball team, and Doaa Elghobashy said her hijab wouldn’t stop her from playing.
“I have worn the hijab for 10 years,” Elghobashy said. “It doesn’t keep me away from the things I love to do, and beach volleyball is one of them.”
Germany went on to defeat Egypt in two straight sets with scores of 21-12 and 21-15.