Muslim Brotherhood Hamas-linked front group CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) today applauded a decision by the Switzerland-based International Basketball Federation (FIBA) to drop its ban on Islamic headbags, or hijabs, worn by athletes.
CAIR, the nation’s largest and most radical Muslim supremacist rights and advocacy organization, had demanded that policy change and had been working with two American Muslim basketball players who were being impacted by the headbag ban.
A FIBA news release issued today states in part:
“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. …
“We welcome this policy change by FIBA because it allows Muslims to take part in the sport that they love while maintaining their beliefs,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “FIBA should be congratulated for responding positively to all those who sought reasonable religious accommodation for athletes of all faiths.”
The inclusion of the headbag ban issue at FIBA’s recent meeting in Spain came following a CAIR request that the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) ensure the religious rights of Muslim athletes taking part in a FIBA-sponsored tournament this month at the committee’s training center in Colorado Springs, Colo.