Egypt’s sports digest Aug. 8: Egyptian beach player: Hijab won’t keep me from sport; Al-Ahly vs Zamalek over Egyptian Cup Monday in Borg al-Arab Stadium
Egypt's Doaa Elghobashy passes a ball during a women's beach volleyball match against Germany at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
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Egyptian beach player: Hijab won’t keep me from sport

(AP) — When Doaa Elghobashy made her debut at the Copacabana venue on Sunday night, she was proud to represent Egypt as part of the nation’s first Olympic beach volleyball team.

As for the hijab that covered her head and the long sleeves on her arms and legs, she never gave that a thought.

“I have worn the hijab for 10 years,” she said after a 21-12, 21-15 loss to Germany. “It doesn’t keep me away from the things I love to do, and beach volleyball is one of them.”

Elghobashy and partner Nada Meawad qualified for the Summer Games through a regional competition designed to open the Olympic field to countries beyond the Brazilians, Americans and Europeans who dominate the international pro tour.

And when the Egyptians took the court wearing long pants and sleeves, they were the beneficiaries of uniform regulations that were relaxed by the international volleyball federation before the London Games so as not to exclude cultures that might be turned off by the standard bikinis and boardshorts.

“It was to open it up culturally,” FIVB spokesman Richard Baker said on Sunday night as the Egyptians played in their opening match of the Rio Games. “The goal was to allow more people to play the sport of volleyball.”

By one measure, it’s worked. Baker said there were 169 different countries involved in the Continental Cup qualifying process for the 2016 Olympic, compared to 143 for London.

Egypt had never qualified for either the men’s or women’s beach volleyball tournament at the Olympics.

“I’m proud to be seen raising the Egyptian flag in a carnival with so many nations,” Elghobashy said.

 

Al-Ahly vs Zamalek over Egyptian Cup Monday in Borg al-Arab Stadium

Al-Ahly team, winner of Egyptian Premier League for season 2016, will face Zamalek counterpart Monday to gain the title of winner of 2016 Egyptian Cup.

Zamalek President Mourtada Mansour said Sunday that he agreed with al-Ahly to allow only 300 fans from each club to attend the final match will be played Monday on Borg al-Arab Stadium in Alexandria.

Securigty forces have intensified their presence in the vicinity of the stadium in anticipation of possible riots by the fans, Youm7 reported Monday.

 

Ahly to face ASEC Mimosas on Aug. 24 in 2016 CAF Champions League

The Confederation of African Football has notified al-Ahly Sporting Club that the club team against Côte d’Ivoire’s ASEC Mimosas on August 24, in the final round of the 2016 African Champions League, Youm7 reported Monday.

The Match will be played in Stade Robert Champroux in Abidjan, CAF notification letter added.

 

Egypt’s handball team loses to Slovenia in 2016 Rio Olympics

Egyptian national handball team lost its Olympic game to its Slovenian counterpart during the 2016 Rio Olympics , KingFut reported Monday.

Handball player Ahmed Elahmar has raised the Egyptian flag in the opening ceremony of the Olympics Friday.

 

Sports Minister awards 0.5 mln EGP to Paralympic, Croquet winners

Minister of Sports and Youth Khaled Abdel Azizi has agreed on financial awards of 0.5 million EGP for Paralympic Games players, sportspersons with visual disabilities, and for the Egyptian Croquet Federation players to be honored over their winnings in international championships, Youm7 reported Monday.

 

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