FIBA to review 'discriminatory' ban on headgear

World basketball body to review ban on headgear after claims of religious discrimination

FIBA to review 'discriminatory' ban on headgear

GENEVA (AP) -- Basketball's governing body will review its ban on players wearing headgear after claims Muslim and Sikh players were being discriminated against.

FIBA says it will review the issue and "decide how to proceed in the best interest of the sport" at an Aug. 27 meeting in Sevilla, Spain, ahead of the World Cup.

The United States Olympic Committee and India's government this week called for an end to the ban.

The USOC was urged by the Council on American-Islamic Relations to intervene with FIBA.

Two Sikhs on India's team had to remove their turbans before FIBA-sanctioned Asia Cup matches in China this month.

FIBA says its current rule allowing only 5-centimeter headbands was introduced for "safety on the basketball court and uniformity of equipment within a team."

Updated : 2021-03-06 18:59 GMT+08:00