I Don't Endorse the Headgear Ban, Says NBA Legend Bruce Bowen

The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) did not allow the use of headgear for a two-year trial period but the implementation of the rule was not absolute. Bowen said that basketball or any other sport should be used to bridge gaps rather than creating them.

Updated: November 03, 2014 19:14 IST
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A Sikh basketballer playing without the turban.
A Sikh basketballer playing without the turban.


New Delhi: As Sikh and Muslim basketball players around the world hope to get the headgear ban overturned, NBA legend Bruce Bowen has backed their demands and insisted that the game is not here to create any religious strife.

Trouble started in July this year when two Indian Sikh players -- Amritpal Singh and Amjyot Singh -- were told to remove their turbans in the FIBA Asian Cup in China.

Former San Antonio Spurs great Bowen says the ruling does not reflect the character of the sport.

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