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Female Muslim Basketball Player to Play with Hijab.

TEHRAN (FNA)- Indira Kaljo, a female Muslim basketball player, plans to paly with Islamic hijab at European basketball games.

She took the decisionfollowing an "awakening" during a charity trip to earthquake-hit Haiti, World Bulletin reported.

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

"It doesn't make sense," saysKaljo, who believes theban to bediscriminatory towards athletes who want to follow their faith.

"It sucks," said Kaljo, who is currently in Istanbul. "This is our passion, our dream. This is what we worked for since we were little kids."

She said she has been comfortable while playing covered.

"The first time playing with the hijab,I had a good game," she said.

"It makes me really sad when I hear of women who stopped playing after deciding to wear hijab," complains Kaljo.

In 2014, she launched an online petition, whichcollected some 70,000 signatures,attractingworldwide attention to the ban and influencedthe International Basketball Federation, or FIBA,to softenits position on head scarves.

Indeed, inSeptember 2014, FIBA announced that women would be permitted to wear religious head coverings in domestic basketball games fora two-year provisional period.

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Date:Feb 21, 2015
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