Following on from the introduction of Beach Volleyball in the Atlanta 1996 Games, the next evolution of Volleyball is to be recognised in the 2020 Olympic Games.
The increasingly popular sport of Beach Volleyball originated in Santa Monica, California in the 1920s. Tickets for the event at Horse Guards Parade have been snapped up by [mostly male] aficionados of the sport, despite the recent rule changes allowing competitors to protect their modesty by wearing more than just the traditional bikini.
Saudi Arabia has successfully lobbied for a 3rd form of the sport to join Volleyball and Beach Volleyball in 2020.
Brought over from the beaches of California to the beaches of Dubai and adapted by Muslim clerics, Islamic Volleyball will be played on a marble-floored court facing Mecca within a Mosque. Female competitors will be required to wear burqas.
The Culture Minister for Saudi Arabia commented, 'We are thankful that the IOC have acknowledged the need for a variant of Volleyball to be included to counter the obvious sexualisation and objectification of women inherent in Beach Volleyball. In addition, we hope to see many of our neighbours in the Middle East entering teams for this new event.'