IWBF is pleased that FIBA has ratified a new rule that will allow players to wear headgear.

The new rule, which was passed at the FIBA Mid-Term Congress, comes as a result of the fact that traditional dress codes in some countries – which called for the head and/or entire body being covered – were incompatible with FIBA’s previous headgear rule.

IWBF Secretary General, Maureen Orchard said, “We are extremely pleased that FIBA has made the decision to revise its previous rule over headgear. This decision will make the understanding and enforcement by our officials easier now because of the harmonization between both sports.

“We also passed a similar regulation ahead of Rio 2016 to ensure Algeria women’s wheelchair basketball team were able to play at the Paralympic Games.”

Like IWBF, the new FIBA ruling has been developed in a way that minimises the risk of injuries as well as preserve consistency of the colour of the uniform.

For more information about the ruling please visit http://www.fiba.com/news/fibas-mid-term-congress-ratifies-new-headgear-rule