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FIBA relaxes ban on Sikh turbans

September 17, 2014 | By

Switzerland: Basketball’s governing body FIBA is learnt to have relaxed rules related to wearing Turbans and other headgear by players. The decision came after world-wide criticism of FIBA over it’s controversial decision imposing ban on Sikh basketball players to wear a patka/ small-turban during matches.

FIBA’s move was seen as discrimination on religious grounds.

FIBA says it launched a two-year trial before possibly deciding on permanent rule changes after the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

Sikh basketball players [File Photos]

Sikh basketball players [File Photos]

A news published by Huffington Post says: [e]xisting rules prohibit “headgear, hair accessories and jewelry,” and allow only a 5-centimeter headband to control hair and sweat.

Muslim and Sikh players said this was discrimination and were supported by the United States Olympic Committee and India’s government. FIBA says it will send member federations details on how to apply for exceptions in domestic matches.

Players in FIBA 3×3 events can ask approval for headgear that does not threaten their own or opponents’ safety. FIBA says it will review next year whether to allow ‘tests at the lowest official international level’.

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