Hijab-Wearing Volleyball Players Demonstrate the New Olympic Standard

By: Erica Francis - Aug 10, 2016
References: dailymail & buzzfeed
The Rio 2016 Olympics is underway and with it comes many new changes such as the new Olympic standard for uniforms. For the London 2012 games, the Olympic committee changed regulations on the size of uniforms and showed a level of religious respect and inclusiveness. Four years later, the world is able to see this new Olympic standard in play in women's sports.

One of the most recent spotlights has been placed on women's beach volleyball. In a game between Egypt and Germany, the Egyptian team donned a completely new style: a hijab and body-covering uniform. The bikini outfits worn by the German players were a stark contrast to the full-length pieces worn by the Egyptian athletes; it truly demonstrated cultural differences. Yet, the integration of the new body-covering uniforms shows how the Olympics has progressed and how the global community is beginning to change.