Indians Banned From Wearing Turbans in Asia Cup Basketball

Match officials asked two Sikh players to remove their turbans before stepping onto the court.

updated: July 23, 2014 17:53 IST
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Indian basketball players were subjected to some racial discrimination and humiliation when the Sikh members of the team playing in Asia Cup in Wuhan, China, were prevented from wearing turbans. According to a report, two Sikh players - Amritpal Singh and Amyjot Singh - were asked to remove their turbans before India's match against Japan on July 12. India lost their opening match 75-52. (India Lose in Quarters)

Match officials informed the players that they were breaking international basketball federation (FIBA) rules by wearing turbans. Article 4.4.2 of the rules states: "Players shall not wear equipment (objects) that may cause injury to other players." It further says: "Headgear, hair accessories and jewellery are not permitted."

A request by the India's American coach Scott Fleming fell on deaf ears. Only after removing their turbans, the players were allowed on court. Amritpal scored 15 points against the Japanese, reports the Times of India.

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