Jewish Journal


June 22, 2011

FIBA to allow Israeli Orthodox basketball player to cover arms


FIBA has ruled that an Orthodox member of the Israeli women’s basketball team can cover her arms in competition. Only days after the International Basketball Federation rejected Naama Shafir’s request for a special jersey, it made an effort to at least accommodate her modest considerations.

RNS reports:

Shafir, who studied at the University of Toledo, helped the Ohio university’s Lady Rockets win the 2011 Women’s National Invitation Tournament last April. She has dressed modestly throughout her college career, and the team accommodated her religious needs, from kosher food to Sabbath observance.

FIBA will permit Shafir to wear skin-colored sleeves under her jersey. She said the solution will enable her to adhere to Orthodox standards of modesty while maintaining the spirit of FIBA’s dress code.

I wonder if FIBA would have allowed the Jewish Jordan to play wearing a kippah, or what the sports body already does with Orthodox male players.

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