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World’s governing basketball body green-lights players to wear hijabs at games

May 04, 19:21 UTC+3 MOSCOW

In 2014 Qatar’s women’s basketball team announced its withdrawal from the 2014 Asian Games after the players were banned from wearing hijabs

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MOSCOW, May 4. /TASS/. FIBA, the world’s governing body of basketball, ruled on Thursday to allow players to wear hijabs, a head covering traditionally worn by many Muslim women, during basketball matches.

According to the introduced amendments to regulations, made at the Congress of FIBA (the International Basketball Federation) in Hong Kong on Thursday, players are now allowed to wear head covering during games starting this year’s October.

The FIBA’s official ruling states that the now-permitted headgear, which was previously banned on safety grounds, can be worn during the games if:

  • it is black or white, or of the same dominant color as that of the uniform;
  • it is one same color for all players on the team (as all accessories);
  • it does not cover any part of the face entirely or partially (eyes, nose, lips etc.);
  • it is not dangerous to the player wearing it and/or to other players;
  • it has no opening/closing elements around the face and/or neck;
  • it has no parts extruding from its surface.

"The new rule comes as a result of the fact that traditional dress codes in some countries - which called for the head and/or entire body being covered - were incompatible with FIBA's previous headgear rule," FIBA said in its statement.

In 2014 Qatar’s women’s basketball team announced its withdrawal from the 2014 Asian Games after the players were banned from wearing hijabs for the games disrupting the match against Mongolia. The ban for basketball players came after several other sports competitions at the 2014 Asian Games were allowed to compete wearing hijabs.

 

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