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Muslim athlete fails to overturn headscarf ban

A Swiss Muslim basketball player has failed in her bid to have a court overturn a headscarf ban when she plays in league games.

This content was published on January 28, 2010 - 07:48

A local court in the canton of Lucerne said in a ruling published on Wednesday that the ban didn’t breach the player's rights.

Sura Al-Shawk, a 19-year-old Swiss citizen of Iraqi origin who plays for STV Luzern, sought permission from the Swiss basketball association to wear a scarf. ProBasket said in August she couldn’t because it could increase the risk of injury and the sport had to be religiously neutral.

ProBasket said it followed the rules of Fiba, basketball's world governing body.

Al-Shawk can appeal to the cantonal court within ten days. She couldn't be reached for comment.

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