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Allow Hijabi females to play international basketball

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My name is Yara Nabawi, I'm 18 years old, I've been playing basketball ever since I was 5 and this story is about how the FIBA regulations deprived me from doing the one thing I love and am passionate about the most.

Ever since I was a child I’d dream of being the first Egyptian female to join the WNBA and so I gave everything I had in me in order to reach that goal. Here comes the very disappointing, yet usually inevitable "but" in life: … but I wear a Hijab.

At the age of thirteen, I was asked to join the Egyptian National Basketball Team, with the one condition of taking off my veil. That was when I started reading about the FIBA regulations, thinking that maybe they had a good reason for it, which I simply wasn't aware of.

According to the "Official Basketball Rules" as approved by FIBA Central Board in 2014 I’m not allowed to participate, since my veil may give me an advantage over the other players or could cause them an injury. But I still couldn’t see how my veil does any of that.

It pretty much seemed like a dead end at the time. But year after year, every time they picked other players to join the National Team and excluded me, I became even more determined to get better and take a stand; seeing that everyone who would or should have a say in the matter showed nothing but passivity.

That is why I have started this petition. I am tired of being said no to. I am tired of being held back from participating actively in the game I love and being deprived of playing on an international level.

I have played with my veil on in Egypt for over 5 years; not once has my veil caused any sort of injury to another player. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I feel like my right and the right of many other hijabi basketball players is being taken and for no good reason. We should have the chance to be members of the national team. We should be given the chance to compete at an international level and be acknowledged the same way any other basketballer is. And at the very least, we should be heard.

My name is Yara Nabawi, I’m 18 years old, I’m speaking in my name and in the name of all the other veiled basketballers out there, and I hope this petition can make a difference. And you could help me do that by signing this petition.

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