Doaa Elghobashy

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Doaa el-Ghobashy
Personal information
Nationality Egyptian
Born (1996-11-08) November 8, 1996 (age 21)
Hometown Beheira Governorate
Height 180 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Beach volleyball information
Current teammate
Nada Meawad
National team
2016 Egypt

Doaa Elghobashy (Arabic: دعاء الغباشي; born November 8, 1996) is an Egyptian beach volleyball player.


Elghobashy competed in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro alongside Nada Meawad in the beach volleyball competition. She and Meawad qualified for the Games by winning the CAVB Continental Cup held in Nigeria.[1]

The team turned heads in their first match against Germany as the team wore long sleeves and pants and Elghobashy wearing a hijab—an Olympic first in beach volleyball.[2] The team was also Egypt's first ever Olympic team to compete in a beach volleyball tournament.[2] Though Elghobashy and Meawad did not advance in the tournament, Elghobashy has become an inspiration for Muslim women, especially those in sports and who wear a headscarf, as she joined the ranks of the few Muslim women who compete in a headscarf.[3]

Elghobashy has worn a hijab for 10 years and it has always been a part of her beach volleyball career.[4] She was allowed to wear it in the Games after the international volleyball federation relaxed uniform regulations to be more culturally sensitive before the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.[4]

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  1. ^ "Profile - Doaa Elghobashy". Retrieved 2016-08-12.
  2. ^ a b "Olympic volleyball player capturing global attention for her hijab speaks out". 2016-08-09. Retrieved 2016-08-12.
  3. ^ "What Olympian Hijabis Like Doaa El Ghobashy Mean To Me As A Muslim Woman". Retrieved 2016-08-12.
  4. ^ a b "Egyptian beach player: Hijab won't keep me from sport". Retrieved 2016-08-12.