Basketball’s governing body Fifa changes headgear rules to allow hijab

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Qatar pulled out of the 2014 Asian Games after being denied permission to wear the hijab

Basketball has changed its rules on headgear in a move that will allow players to wear the hijab during matches.

Previous rules had banned the practice, over what world governing body Fiba said was a safety issue.

The Qatar women’s team withdrew from the 2014 Asian Games after being denied permission to wear the hijab – a head covering worn by many Muslim women.

On Thursday, new rules were ratified that will take effect from 1 October.

“The new rule comes as a result of the fact that traditional dress codes in some countries – which called for the head and/or entire body being covered – were incompatible with previous headgear rules,” a Fiba statement read.