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India's Sikh cagers opt for haircut as Turban won't be an issue at Asiad

NAGPUR: The International Basketball Federation's (Fiba) announcement to allow players to wear religious headgear may have come a little too late for Amritpal and Amjyot Singh. The Sikh players, who were asked by organizers to remove their turbans before their opening match at the Asia Cup Basketball Championship in Wuhan (China) in July, chose to cut their hair prior to boarding the flight to Incheon for the Asian Games on Wednesday.

It is reliably learnt that both players will continue to wear their turbans, but now won't be needing patkas during their matches. The duo chose to avoid questions on why they opted for a haircut, but was relieved with Fiba's decision to allow religious headgear.

"I woke up this morning and was pleasantly surprised with the news that Fiba has reversed the turban ban. I am grateful for the support from all quarters," Amritpal said. "We have been saved from any future humiliation," Amjyot added.

Top sources in the Basketball Federation of India (BFI), however, confirmed the development and said they took the decision to shed their hairs on their own and turban won't be an issue at Asiad.

With no exposure trips before the all important event, a confident Indian contingent boarded the flight to Korea on Wednesday night.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/sports/tournaments/asian-games-2014/india-at-incheon/Indias-Sikh-cagers-opt-for-haircut-as-Turban-wont-be-an-issue-at-Asiad/articleshow/42795305.cms

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India's Sikh cagers opt for haircut as Turban won't be an issue at Asiad

NAGPUR: The International Basketball Federation's (Fiba) announcement to allow players to wear religious headgear may have come a little too late for Amritpal and Amjyot Singh. The Sikh players, who were asked by organizers to remove their turbans before their opening match at the Asia Cup Basketball Championship in Wuhan (China) in July, chose to cut their hair prior to boarding the flight to Incheon for the Asian Games on Wednesday.

It is reliably learnt that both players will continue to wear their turbans, but now won't be needing patkas during their matches. The duo chose to avoid questions on why they opted for a haircut, but was relieved with Fiba's decision to allow religious headgear.

"I woke up this morning and was pleasantly surprised with the news that Fiba has reversed the turban ban. I am grateful for the support from all quarters," Amritpal said. "We have been saved from any future humiliation," Amjyot added.

Top sources in the Basketball Federation of India (BFI), however, confirmed the development and said they took the decision to shed their hairs on their own and turban won't be an issue at Asiad.

With no exposure trips before the all important event, a confident Indian contingent boarded the flight to Korea on Wednesday night.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/sports/tournaments/asian-games-2014/india-at-incheon/Indias-Sikh-cagers-opt-for-haircut-as-Turban-wont-be-an-issue-at-Asiad/articleshow/42795305.cms

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If that article is true those two "fake" Sikhs should hand their heads in shame. Sellouts , this is why I generally dont have much respect for a lot of Sikhs in India they very easily discard their dastaar and kes for the minimal of reasons. I still see lots of Sikhs from India who upon arriving to the Uk still seem to think they need to cut their kesh and remove their dastaars.

grade A sellouts gaadars of the kaum ,

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Once again as we have almost zero parchar, many Sikhs do not feel about Sikhi from their heart. There maybe be Kirtan on tv, but most do not know what it means. No discussion programmes on Sikhi or coverage of our proud history. That why the youth have discarded their Kakkars on mass. Most Sants are content with their deras, the Takhts are run by Delhi's proxi leaders. At least in the West we have some discussion in the Sikh media and a few hard working Sikhs have tried doing Parchar.Sikh organisations, Sants, Babas , Nihangs need to launch a Panjab wide awareness about Sikhi in a way the youth can relate to and understand. This is what Sant Ji started and was opposed by the Govt and many so called Sikhs.

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Fiba haven't forced nothing, it's the rules. The Qatar team refused to take of there hijabs and told fiba were to stick it.

Two Singhs on the team cut there hair and were knocked out of the tournament a few games later. A joke. Don't blame sikh organizations, it's us we are a very weak people.

Old days of bir ras have gone, we are sikh/Christians (you know our British blended hippie, Hindu hating sikhi).

We need more bani in us not laws to help us be sissys

The above is not a dig at you veer ji

Akaal

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I am surprised that the people in India do not follow SIkhi very well. Out in the west when the soccer had a Distar ban in Quebec the children stopped playing. Why did these weaklings not stop playing. The entire Canada opposed and we won. Look at the ban that was to be in Quebec the party that was going to stop people from taking government jobs were about to be forbidden with religious headgear. The party that was to bring in this law lost the election majorly.

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