Asian Games: No Hijab Allowed


Qatar just pulled out of the women’s basketball competition at the Asian Games this week because the international regulations require the team to forego the hijab. The Qatari players were asked to remove their hijabs before the group game against Mongolia, but instead forfeited the match. The fact is that Article 4.2.2 of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) rules mandate against headgear and hair accessories. The rule didn’t seem to be going anywhere so the Qatari team decided to withdraw from the remaining games and will forfeit against Nepal as well. The hijab has become a huge topic among athletes with the conflict hitting headlines all over the place. Remember in the 2012 London Olympics when Saudi Arabian Judoka Wojdan, Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shaherkani, demanded she be allowed to wear the hijab when she was competing in her judo match? Read more about this subject, there is actually a lot on it at Haaretz.

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