On Thursday's episode of Al Jazeera's The Stream Muslim athletes spoke up about what it's like wearing the hijab.
Current regulations state that “players shall not wear equipment (objects) that may cause injury to other players”. This safety concern includes headgear.
During the live stream many shared their experiences and spoke out against the FIBA ban:
Many responded with heartbreaking stories
In recent weeks many have spoken out against FIBA's ban
Including basketball player Bilqis Abdul Qader
Abdul Qader is a 26-year-old native of Springfield, Massachusetts. She holds the record for highest scorer in high school basketball.
Her hijab was never an issue during her college years as no rule prohibited the wearing of headgear during games, but when she attempted to go pro, the FIBA ban left her unable to play.
Abdul-Qaadir has become an athlete-activist speaking publicly on her struggles after being excluded from playing the game she loves.
Petitions to end the FIBA ban
Over the past few years FIBA has been challenged with movements and petitions calling them out on their hijab ban.
A petition in 2014, led FIBA to approve a two year provisional period, allowing athletes to compete in religious head-wear at the national level only.
In May, the federation will address a proposal to allow hijabs in women’s basketball.