Trying to douse the hurt sentiments of Sikh and Muslim players, the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) is ready to review its rule which prevents cagers from wearing headgear for religious reasons.
A controversy erupted at the FIBA-sanctioned Asia Cup in China this month after two Indian Sikh players were told to remove their turbans ahead of the game and the world governing body said today that its policy-making board will review the issue at an August 27 meet in Sevilla ahead of the World Cup.
“As a result, the wearing of a turban or a headscarf, just like any other object or accessory to be worn on a player’s head, is not authorised in official FIBA competitions.”
The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and India’s government had this week called for an end to the ban.
“We take seriously American athletes’ right to compete and believe that reasonable steps can be taken to accommodate athletes of all religious beliefs,” said the USOC, which was urged to intervene by the Council on American-Islamic Relations. (Read more)