Basketball rules change to allow players to wear hijabs

Basketball rules change to allow players to wear hijabs

Qatar withdrew from the Asian Games over hijabs

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Rules in basketball have changed to allow players to wear hijabs during games.

Previously players were not allowed to wear headgear during matches due to safety precautions, in rules set by world governing body Fiba.

But now new rules have been ratified, according to the BBC, meaning from October 1 players will be entitled to wear a hijab if they wish.

A statement from Fiba said: "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."

In 2014 the women's team from Qatar withdrew from the Asian Games, as team members were not allowed to wear hijabs.

Fiba then began revising the rules on headgear in September 2014, giving it a two-year testing period, whereby some exceptions from the rule were given during games at national level.

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