Basketball body green-lights players to wear hijabs at games

Members of basketballs governing body had a chance to see players wearing the hijab, which could be allowed permanently if a rule to permit religious headgear is approved during FIBAs midterm congress on Thursday or Friday.

The number of Muslim basketball players has been rising around the world since the past two years, demanding that the FIBA permit the head scarf worn for religious reasons.

The rule change is set to come into effect on October 1.

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".

"When I served on the board, we were unable to get a change to be made so I commend the current board for recognizing the need and keeping FIBA in step with the times", she said. It must be the same color for all players on the team, as with all accessories, and have no opening or closing elements around the face or neck, as well as no extruding parts.

While Brazil's national team (Seleção) in football (soccer) is gearing up for a deep run in the 2018 Russia World Cup, the Seleção's basketball team will continue to remain in sports limbo until late June at the earliest.

"I think initially people thought that this was about religion and as FIBA studied it more, they wanted to make sure it was safe", USA Basketball CEO Jim Tooley said. However, with that tournament scheduled to begin on August 25th, the Seleção's participation hinges on the outcome of FIBA's June Board meeting. She started an online petition that drew around 70,000 signatures. However, there is no evidence that a Sikh turban poses a threat to cause injury, and other sports leagues, such as FIFA and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), allow athletes wearing turbans to participate.

"It's a disgusting feeling". There were some head dressings that were like scarves that were loose and hung off.

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For the 2012 London Olympics, the International Olympic Committee and the International Judo Federation agreed to allow Saudi judo player Wojdan Shahrkhani to compete while wearing a headscarf.

They werent just there to watch the players.

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