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CAIR-FL: Hijab Allowed in B-Ball Tourney CAIR intervenes after girl prevented from playing in hijab

(TAMPA, FL, 4/3/05) ­ The Florida office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-FL) announced today that a Tampa Muslim athlete has been allowed to wear her Islamic head scarf in an Orlando basketball tournament, after initially being denied that religious accommodation. CAIR-FL intervened with officials of an Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) tournament at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex after the 12-year-old Muslim player was told she could not compete while wearing her religiously-mandated head scarf, or “hijab.” Tournament officials at first cited NCAA rules prohibiting head coverings, but later agreed to allow the scarf if it was tucked in the player’s uniform. The tournament ended today.

SEE: “Basketball Tournament Relents, Allows Hijab” “Muslim Athlete Can Wear Scarf” “We appreciated the willingness of tournament officials to offer reasonable religious accommodation for this young athlete,” said CAIR-FL Communications Director Ahmed Bedier.

CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 31 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding. To read CAIR’s Mission, Vision Statement and Core Principles, go to:

CONTACT: Ahmed Bedier 813-731-9506,


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