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FIBA allows Hijab in professional basketball

Basketball governing body FIBA ratifies proposal overturning ban on head coverings including hijab. Headgear, including the hijab and yarmulkes, will be allowed in professional basketball following the approval of a proposal by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) that overturns a ban on such head coverings and the new rule was formally ratified during FIBA’s midterm congress.

“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 FIBA’s previous headgear rule,” FIBA said in a statement.  It was feared that head coverings could fall off during the game and potentially pose a risk to players. Under the new rule, headgear must meet certain criteria to be allowed in competition, including that it “does not cover any part of the face entirely or partially”, it is “not dangerous to the player wearing it or other players” and it does not have “parts extruding from its surface”.

Source: Al Jazeera  

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