LONDON (AP) The dancers are dressed to titillate, and the players wear even less: bikinis that reveal every movement of their muscles as they dig and dive for the ball.
Amina El Sergany does not need a referee's platform to be noticed on a beach volleyball court.
The first Muslim woman to officiate the sport at the Olympics, El Sergany worked the London Games wearing a hijab that, when covered by the standard referee's uniform, showed only her face. From her elevated position beside the net, she stood in stark contrast to the beach party wardrobe worn by the Horse Guards Parade Dance team and the athletes themselves.
Sand, spikes and serves. Bumps, bods and bikinis. Since being added as a medal sport in 1996, beach volleyball has quickly become one of the Olympics' most popular events with a laid-back fun-in-the-sun atmosphere making it a crowd favorite. Though not near a beach, London will make do by importing 3,000 tons of sand to the Horse Guards Parade, where a bouncing spike or service ace just might skip by David Cameron's residence at 10 Downing Street or into historic Trafalgar Square.
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