Muslim Girl Allowed to Wear Headscarf in Basketball Tournament

April 2, 2005

Source: The Associated Press

On April 2, 2005 The Associated Press reported, "a 12-year-old Muslim girl will be allowed to wear her head scarf in an basketball tournament after officials originally told her not to, the Florida Council on American-Islamic Relations said Saturday. The Amateur Athletic Union had originally told the girl from Tampa that she could not wear her religiously mandated scarf, called a hijab, while playing, citing rules prohibiting head coverings. But after the Muslim rights group intervened, the union changed its mind, CAIR spokesman Ahmed Bedier said."