Qatari Basketballers Forfeit Match Over Hijab Row

      September 25, 2014 12:52

      Qatari basketball players in hijab leave after forfeiting a match at the Incheon Asian Games in Hwaseong, Gyeonggi Province on Wednesday.

      Qatar forfeited a women's basketball match against Mongolia at the group stage of the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon on Wednesday after they were asked by the organizers to remove their hijab.

      The International Basketball Federation bans head covering during matches.

      But when organizers asked the Qatari team to remove their hijab, it decided to forfeit the match in protest.

      It claimed the request was discriminatory against Muslim women.

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