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Bishan Singh Bedi furious over Sikh basketball players being asked to remove turbans

Bishan Singh Bedi is one of the many Sikhs to have represented India in cricket © Getty Images (File Photo)
Bishan Singh Bedi is one of the many Sikhs to have represented India in cricket © Getty Images (File Photo)

Jul 26, 2014

Furious at the recent incident of India’s Sikh basketball players being asked to remove turbans at the Asia Cup in China, former Indian cricketer Bishan Singh Bedi today said the Sikh players should have walked out of the match instead of complying with the diktat.”Absolutely revolting Sikh Basketball players were not asked but ordered 2 remove turban/patka & they obliged!I’d ‘ve rebelled walked out..!!” said Bedi on his Twitter account.

Two Sikh players — Amritpal Singh and Amjyot Singh — were asked to remove their turbans before the start of a match on July 12. They were stopped from entering the court moments before India were to open their campaign against Japan.

The match officials informed the players that they were breaking International Basketball Federation (FIBA) rules and were not allowed to play with turbans.

The matter was also discussed at the International Basketball Association’s (FIBA) central board recently.

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