Asian Games: Hijab Ban an Insult, Say Qatar Basketball Players

Qatar captain Amal Mohammed Saleh captain, who plays centre in the hijab, said the ban at the Asian Games made no sense when combat sports had allowed it.

updated: September 25, 2014 17:06 IST
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The Qatar players could not make any sense of the ban on the hijab.


Incheon: Qatar's women basketball players Thursday slammed a ban on them wearing the hijab headscarfas an "insult", after forfeiting a second Asian Games match. (Full Coverage | Medal Tally)

The Gulf state's team have protested strongly at a ban by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) on headwear on the court.

"This is an insult to us, they did not respect our religion," Qatar forward Refaa Morjan Mohammed told AFP, adding that the team had worn the headscarf many times in Arab Championships without problems.

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