The pictures in this post 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.
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.
In the end, medal hopefuls Ludwig and Walkenhorst continued their winning streak by posting a Pool D win over their Egyptian counterparts.
The Egyptians were playing in their first international event together outside of the African continent where they had won a major title in April.
Ludwig and Walkenhorst came out 2-0 winners after a match lasting nearly 40 minutes.