FIBA relaxes headgear rules after allegations of religious discrimination

Wednesday September 17th, 2014

FIBA said that players will be allowed to wear religious head coverings on a trial basis during some competitions, the international basketball's governing body announced

FIBA's board met and voted allowing the rule to be tested for two years. Previous rules allowed players to wear approved headbands to hold back hair and sweat. But players can now wear coverings, such as hijabs or turbans, on the court. 

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"We welcome this policy change by FIBA because it allows Muslims, Sikhs and others who wear religious head coverings to take part in the sport that they love while maintaining their beliefs," Council on American-Islamic Relations national communications director Ibrahim Hooper said, according to USA Today

FIBA also said it will also allow players to wear head coverings in its 3-on-3 competitions - both nationally and internationally - unless the head coverings present a direct threat to the player safety.

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