This Iconic Photo Represents The Diversity Of The Olympics

Look at the Rio volleyball photo everyone's talking about.

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

The Olympics represent the best in athleticism from around the world. Nothing represents the diversity at the Rio games as this iconic photo of female beach volleyball players from Germany and Egypt.

In the image taken last Sunday, Egyptian athlete Doaa Elghobashy goes up against Germany’s Kira Walkenhorst. Elghobashy is wearing a hijab while Walkenhorst dons a more common bikini. "I have worn the hijab for 10 years," the Egyptian player told The Associated Press. "It doesn't keep me away from the things I love to do, and beach volleyball is one of them."

Some spectators have deemed the moment a "culture clash" while others celebrate it as reflecting the world we live in today.

According to Refinery 29the International Volleyball Federation eliminated the mandatory bikini dress code before the 2012 games in London so that countries and players with varied dressing customs could participate. BuzzFeed notes that this is the first time Egypt has had a beach volleyball team competing at the Olympic Games. 

[Photo: Twitter]


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