Sports Ministry, Basketball Federation of India Take Up Sikh Players' Matter With Int'l Body

Two Sikh players -- Amritpal Singh and Amjyot Singh --were stopped from entering the court minutes before India were to open their campaign against Japan on July 12 at FIBA Asia Cup in Wuhan and were asked to remove their turbans.

updated: July 23, 2014 18:13 IST
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New Delhi: The Indian Sports Ministry on Wednesday expressed "shock and outrage" over the incident of two Sikh players being asked to remove their turbans at the recently-concluded FIBA Asia Cup in China and sought details from the Basketball Federation of India, which has already taken up the matter with the international body.

"We have written to them and are awaiting their response. Once we get the response, we will act accordingly," a Basketball Federation of India spokesperson told PTI.

Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said the ministry has asked the International Olympic Council to issue necessary instructions to international sports federations, so that such incidents are not repeated.

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