Qatar's women basketball team forfeits match after ban to wear hijab

Qatar women's basketball players were refused permission to wear a hijab

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The Qatar women's basketball team forfeited its Asian Games match against Mongolia after players were refused permission to wear a hijab.

Incheon Asian Games Organizing Committee spokeswoman Anna Jihyun You told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the players "had refused to take off the hijab" and the match was awarded to the opposition.

You said the sport's world governing body, FIBA, "did not provide any instructions" on any moves to relax regulations to the match officials, who quoted regulations that prohibit the use of headgear, hair accessories and jewelry in international competition.

FIBA earlier this month announced it was launching a two-year trial phase allowing players to wear head coverings, after seeking permission, and in domestic competitions.

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