"In response to being called out recently by the United States Olympic Committee and the Council on American-Islamic Relations — among many other organizations, media outlets and social media activists — basketball’s international governing body announced Friday that it will officially review its rule that prevents players from wearing headgear on the court for religious reasons.
FIBA’s Article 4.4.2 essentially bans Muslim women from wearing hijab (headscarves), Sikh men from wearing turbans, and Jewish men from wearing yarmulkes during FIBA-sanctioned games and tournaments. That includes the Olympics and World Championships, as well as most professional basketball leagues around the world outside of the NBA and WNBA.
The anti-headgear rule will be reviewed during an Aug. 27 meeting in Spain, before basketball’s World Cup.”
Watch this incredible alley-oop dunk by one of the Indian national team’s stars, Amjyot Singh, who’s been hailed as the “Indian Kobe.”
Then ask yourself: why is Singh, a Sikh, not wearing his turban, one of the Sikh articles of faith? It’s because FIBA, despite efforts from Team India’s coach, has banned turbans (and hijabs, in their women’s league) from the court, because they may “pose a threat” to other players. Huh?