Muslim basketball player wants to play with hijab

Indira Kaljo

A year ago, Indira Kaljo, a female Muslim basketball player, chose to wear the hijab, the Islamic headdress for women.

She took the decision following an “awakening” during a charity trip to earthquake-hit Haiti.

But the Bosnian-American player quickly realized she would not be able to play professionally in Europe as basketball’s governing body had forbidden the use of any type of headgear, including hijabs, turbans or yarmulkes, during official games.

“It doesn’t make sense,” says Kaljo, who believes the ban to be discriminatory towards athletes who want to follow their faith, including Sikhs and Jews…

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