International Basketball Federation Delays Decision to Lift Ban on Turbans

The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) on Thursday announced that it will not reverse an article which bans players from wearing dastaars (turbans) on the court. Instead, FIBA will delay its decision.

updated: August 30, 2014 13:57 IST
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Basketball players, who have always played in turbans, were told that they were in violation of one of FIBA's official rules. Other sports leagues, such as Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), allow athletes wearing turbans to participate.

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Washington: The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) has decided to delay the review of its discriminatory policy against Sikh basketball players who wear turbans, drawing sharp reactions from top American lawmakers and Sikh bodies which described it as "outdated".

"Every day FIBA delays is another day that Sikhs can't play. Allowing Sikhs to play while wearing their turban is a no-brainer, and we're disappointed that FIBA has delayed their review of a policy that can only be described as outdated, discriminatory, and totally inconsistent with the ideals of team sports," Congressmen Joe Crowley and Ami Bera, the lone Indian-American Congressman, said in a joint statement.

"We urge the board to stop delaying and let Sikhs play," they said.

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