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FIBA Eases Ban On Turbans, Headgear

After  receiving  a lot of criticism for banning Sikh turbans, hijabs and other religious headgear during play, FIBA has relaxed it’s rules on religious headgear and will go into a two-year testing phase that will allow players with the headgear to play. A permanent decision will be made on the rule after the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Via FIBA: 

In response to the various requests received, the Central Board held in-depth discussions regarding rules about uniforms and decided to put a testing phase into place for the next two years that will consist of:

– Relaxing the current rules regarding headgear in order to enable national federations to request,  as of now, exceptions to be applied at the national level within their territory without incurring any sanctions for violation of FIBA’s Official Basketball Rules. National Federations wishing to apply for such an exception to the uniform regulations shall submit a detailed request to FIBA. Once approved, they shall submit follow-up reports twice a year to monitor the use of such exceptions.
– The players will be allowed to play in FIBA endorsed 3×3 competitions – both nationally and internationally – wearing headgear without restrictions, unless the latter presents a direct threat to their safety or that of other players on the court. Players wishing to take part in such competitions with headgear must ensure that a detailed request for approval is addressed to FIBA.
– FIBA will communicate with National Federations over the coming weeks on the subject of these request procedures.

The two years will serve as a test period. FIBA, through its competent bodies, will monitor these requests and their implementation from both the technical and sport development perspectives (for example in terms of manufacturing specificities, safety of athletes, look on the field of play and positive development of participation numbers in basketball within the demanding countries).

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