Asian Games: Qatar Likely to Withdraw Over Hijab Row

Qatar women's basketball team pulled out of the Asian Games over a rule banning Muslim headscarves,traditionally known as the hijab.

updated: September 24, 2014 21:17 IST
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Qatar contingent during Asian Games 2014.

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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."

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