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FIBA finally approve religious headgear during basketball games

The tireless activists who’ve campaigned for headgear to be worn by players during basketball games have seen their dream of equality all but realised, after the sport’s governing body approved a proposal that would allow the hijab to be worn during competition.

The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) said in a statement that “the Central Board approved a proposal put forward by the Technical Commission for a new rule that will allow headgear to be worn by players. The new rule was developed in order to minimize the risk of injuries and preserve consistency of the colour of the uniform.”

Pressure has mounted on FIBA, in recent months, following the unbelievable success of the #FIBAallowHijab movement and the dedication of its supporters. The decision by FIBA to dial back the rigid policy that prohibits “headgear, hair accessories and jewellery” is a testament to the sport’s diverse participant base and the power of collective activism.

To learn more about the movement and the people who led it, read our features with Ezdihar Abdulmula and  Asma Elbadawi.

Source: Buzzfeed News
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