Springfield Native Brings National Attention To Basketball Ban

Springfield native Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir is making headlines in the world of basketball.

As a senior in high school at New Leadership Charter School, Abdul-Qaadir scored 3,070 points, surpassing Rebecca Lobo's record of 2,740.


After playing in college, she hoped to continue on and play professionally, however, one thing held her back. Her hijab.

The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) prohibits headwear larger than 5 inches. 

As a practicing Muslim, Abdul-Qaadir is petitioning FIBA to grant her an exemption so she can wear her hijab during the game.

Now, FIBA has released a statement saying they would be open to modifying the rule.

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