Asian Games: Qatar Women Withdraw From Basketball After Hijab Row

The dispute over the Qatari players' refusal to remove their hijabs - regarded by some as a rule that discriminates against Muslim women - has created a major stir at the games.

Updated: September 25, 2014 12:56 IST
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Members of the Qatar women's basketball team walk off the court after withdrawing ahead of their women's preliminary round match against Mongolia.

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Incheon: Qatar's delegation chief says the women's basketball team has withdrawn from the Asian Games after organisers refused to let players wear hijabs in competition. (Full Coverage)

The dispute over the Qatari players' refusal to remove their hijabs - regarded by some as a rule that discriminates against Muslim women - has created a major stir at the games.

Qatar was due to play Nepal on Thursday afternoon local time but did not show up at the venue for the game. (Indians Banned From Wearing Turbans at Asia Cup)

But Khalid al-Jabir, the delegation chief, said Thursday the basketball team was preparing to return home.

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