International governing body votes for two-year testing phase that would let players, including Muslims and Sikhs, “maintain their beliefs.”
International basketball’s governing body said Tuesday that players will be allowed to wear religious head coverings, such as hijabs or turbans, on a trial basis in some competitions.
FIBA’s central board met over the weekend at the men’s world cup and voted to allow a two-year testing phase that would let players wear head coverings.
The Muslim world’s moral censure alone won’t shake the barbarous grip that Al Qaeda-affiliated extremists have over wide swaths of Syria and Iraq. Their self-declared “Islamic State caliphate” has some 10,000 motivated fighters, guns, foreign backers and money to burn. Like Al Qaeda, they will not be easy to uproot and destroy.