Incheon: Qatari basketballers forfeited a women's match against Mongolia on Wednesday and are considering withdrawing from the Asian Games competition after being refused permission to wear a hijab. (Day 5 Blog | Medal Tally)
Confusion over the implementation of recently relaxed guidelines outlined by the sport's international governing body, aimed at making the game more inclusive, could be the cause of the problem in Incheon.
"The Qatari players ... refused to take off the hijab," Asian Games Organizing Committee spokeswoman Anna Jihyun You told The Associated Press. Ten minutes after the scheduled start, "At 4:25 p.m. local time, the match was declared forfeited and awarded to Mongolia."