New Delhi: Members of Kalgidhar Society will be staging a protest demonstration against International Basketball Federation (FIBA) at the latter's 23rd World Congress being held at Seville in Spain on Frdiay. (US Lawmakers Urge FIBA to End Ban)
Drawing support from eminent sportspersons like athlete Milkha Singh, cricketer Bishen Singh Bedi and several other eminent personalities from all sections of the society, Kalgidhar Society had launched an online petition on Change.org against the discriminatory action against Sikh players of the Indian basketball teams at Wuhan in China and Doha in Qatar recently. (Indians Banned From Wearing Turbans in Asia Cup)
Sikh players were made to remove their turbans (patkas), an article of their faith, hurting their religious sensitivity and angering Indians. Launched on July 26, the petition addressed to FIBA has drawn support from over 53,000 persons from across the globe so far.