Thursday, May 04, 2017

FIBA to allow hijab in Basketball

Basketball governing body, FIBA will now allow female players to wear the hijab during matches after changing rules on headgear.

Previous rules had banned the practice, over what world basketball governing body Fiba said was a safety issue.

On Thursday, new rules were ratified that will take effect from 1 October.

"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 previous headgear rules," a Fiba statement read.

Fiba began a revision process of its headgear rule in September 2014, with exceptions being granted at national level as part of a two-year testing period.

The Qatar women's team withdrew from the 2014 Asian Games after being denied permission to wear the hijab - a head covering worn by many Muslim women.

Source : BBC

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