FIBA allow female basketball players to wear the hijab during matches
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The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) has lifted a ban on all forms of headwear been worn in basketball matches allowing female teams to wear the hijab, a head covering worn by some Muslim women. FIBA had cited safety concerns as reasons for banning all forms of headwear. These rules had resulted in Qatar’s team from withdrawing from the 2014 Asian Games in South Korea. One of the team, Amal Mohamed, told reporters: "We will not attend any games in this Asian Games unless the officials change their decision." The new ruling, which comes from the organisation’s Mid-Term Congress in Hong Kong, will allow use of headgear providing certain conditions are met. These are: - it is black or white, or of the same dominant colour as that of the uniform; - it is one same colour for all players on the team (as all accessories); - it does not cover any part of the face entirely or partially (eyes, nose, lips etc.);
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