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Pressure to allow hijab in basketball mounts as decision looms
by Kimberly Winston
Something you won't see in sun-worshipping, skin-baring Rio de Janeiro as the 2016 Olympics continue: women covering their heads on the basketball court.
But pressure to change that is growing due to a campaign demanding the International Basketball Federation, the body that governs the sport, drop its rule banning the hijab for Muslim women players by the end of the month.
"It's time that every single person in this world is allowed to play irregardless of their religion, where they come from and who they are," Indira Kaljo, a hijab-wearing Bosnian-American professional basketball player, says in a video thanking the 70,000 people who signed her petition supporting the change. "Sport is for everyone; let's not exclude anyone."
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