The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) has overturned a decision that prevented players from wearing headgear.

The decision came at the first Mid-Term Congress taking place in Hong Kong where representatives from 139 Federations and Associations have been summoned.

The new rule allow players from countries which abhor body exposure and clamor for the body to be fully covered, to compete in games.

Hitherto, FIBA’s rules prevented players putting on such gear to play citing risk of injuries and consistency with team colours.

Per, the headgear will be allowed when:

– it is black or white, or of the same dominant color as that of the uniform;
– it is one same color for all players on the team (as all accessories) ;
– it does not cover any part of the face entirely or partially (eyes, nose, lips etc.);
– it is not dangerous to the player wearing it and/or to other players;
– it has no opening/closing elements around the face and/or neck;
– it has no parts extruding from its surface.

The new rule takes effect in October.

By Yaw Adjei-Mintah
@YawMintYM on Twitter


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