Qatari women basketball team withdrew from the game against Mongolia on Tuesday after it was disallowed from wearing head scarf on to the court
The Muslim nation of Qatar had its female basketball team withdrawn from the Incheon Asian Games after it was banned from wearing the Islamic Head Scarf, Hijab.
The law which bans any of such adornment on sports grounds, enacted by the Federation of International Basketball Associations (FIBA) is frowned at by officials of the Qatari delegates to the Asian Games holding in South Korea
The team would have opened its campaign against Mongolia on Tuesday but pulled out as it was disallowed from wearing the Hijab
"FIBA didn't let our players play with the headscarves and so we had to withdraw from the tournament
"What happened today is against International Olympic Committee goals which are meant to include countries from different cultures, and also it's against the slogan of the Asian Games in Incheon which is 'Diversity Shines here.
"I'm pretty sure that what happened today can change FIBA rules quickly," Alham Al Mana, a female official of the delegation told AFP.