Summed up in one picture: the freedoms we take for granted in the West
It isn’t a full burqa, but it sure isn’t the bikini everyone else wears.
It is a fast and furious sport played under the sun and famed for its revealing attire – with a practical uniform of bikinis for women and board shorts for men.
But these pictures show the contrasting cultures among some of the nations taking part in the Rio Olympics after the Egyptian women’s beach volleyball team took to the sandy arena wearing long sleeves and leggings.
The outfit, used by Nada Meawad and Doaa Elghobashy, who also covered her head with a hijab, was in stark contrast to their German rivals Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst who stuck to the sport’s traditional two-piece outfit for the clash last night.
Although the International Volleyball Federation used to have standards regulating the size of uniforms, those were loosened heading into the London 2012 Olympics to allow full sleeves and leggings.
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In most cultures, we require the men to show restraint when looking at a beautiful woman. In Islam, they put the restraints on the women and make them wear extra layers.
It wasn’t always this way. Even women in Iran wore very Western and (dare we say) sexy clothing until the repressive regime took over.