Sports min. calls for restoring rights of women basketballers

TEHRAN, May 03 (MNA) – Sports Minister Soltanifar, in a letter to FIBA president, appreciated his assistance for presence of Muslim women in sportive events while wearing hijab.

Masoud Soltanifar, Iranians Minister of Sports and Youth, penned a letter to the President of International Basketball Federation to praise efforts of FIBA authorities in providing favorable environment and conditions for Muslim women wearing hijab.

The full text of Mr. Soltanifar’s letter is as follows:

Dear Mr. President,

Basketball is known as a popular sport with many fans among most women and men in our society and its relative activities are eminent in an outspread level; welcomed by many interested females who are members of the Basketball teams and clubs in different age groups.

Consistent with SDG objectives including empowerment of all women and girls and with reference to Article 2-7 Olympic Charter, ‘Reflecting IOC Mission to encourage and support promotion women in sport at all levels’, as well as taking into account the principle of Universal Human Rights apparently stipulated in charier of Physical education Organization that ‘Preserving man physical, intellectual and moral powers: access to physical education and sport should IK assured and guaranteed for all human beings’.

At present moment, I wish to take this opportunity to inform you active women basketball teams in Iran and around 57 countries (OIC member slates) predicted developing programs for their ever more participation in Basketball need to be motivated.

In this ease providing the favorable environment and required condition within the rules and regulation; on their respective Islamic Wearing shall past the way for ultimate contribution in all international levels of Basketball events.

Within more than 35 years, National Women Teams of Iran have participated actively in different International and World events as well in Olympic Games with Islamic Hijab and wearing; in sports such as Taekwondo, Karate, Wushu, Athletics, Shooting and in some team events such as Volleyball. Handball, Futsal and Football.

At the end, bringing your kind attention to sample wearing of Iranian Women Team, which designed concord with FIBA, standard rules and regulation. I do appreciate your special concern to the demanding large group of audience in all over the world.

Kind Regards.


Masoud Soltanifar,

Minister of Sport and Youth


News Code 125189


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