The International Basketball Federation, or FIBA, is the governing body that oversees 213 National Basketball Federations from all over the world. On Thursday, BBC Sport announced that FIBA had changed the existing rules to allow women to wear a hijab during basketball matches.
The old rule which prohibited female basketball players from wearing the hijab during matches was established over safety concerns. In 2014, the Qatari women’s team withdrew from the Asian Games because they could not wear their hijab’s during matches.
In a Facebook post, BBC Sport says the change is “a big step forward in women’s sport”.
Many of their followers did not agree. Comments varied:
“Getting out of hand now. Religion is taking first priority over all else.”
“Why not a full Burka a full Team of 6 foot 8 inch women ???? And only a 6 inch slot of recognition. Is it male is it female???? What the Hell are we coming to?”
Some felt that the move was designed to “impose their culture on another and call it progress.” Others found it progressive, “Its pretty telling that most of the negative comments here are from Men. Freedom of choice.. Those women now have the right to wear it.”
There are many people who feel that the hijab is actually a symbol of oppression.
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