Only 'Matter of Time' Before Basketball's Hijab Ban is Lifted, Says ANOC Chief

The basketball body's ban on headgear more than 5 centimetres (2 inches) wide caused controversy at the September-October Asian Games when Qatar's women's team forfeited their matches after being told they could not wear hijabs.

Updated: November 06, 2014 22:08 IST
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File photo: Members of the Qatar women's basketball team walk off the court after withdrawing ahead of their women's preliminary round match against Mongolia in the 2014 Asian Games.



Basketball's lifting of a controversial ban on headgear including religious scarves is only a "matter of time", a senior Olympic official said Thursday following a row at the Asian Games.

Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, president of the Association of National Olympic Committees, said he had been assured by talks with FIBA secretary general Patrick Baumann that the Islamic hijab headscarf and other headgear would soon be allowed on the court.

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