Two Sikh players on India's national basketball team were forced to play without their ''dangerous'' turbans in a crunch Asian Cup game, sparking a social media campaign against the sport's world governing body.
Officials at the tournament in Wuhan, China, prevented Sikhs Amrit Pal Singh and Amjyot Singh taking the court against Japan with their traditional turbans on.
That has seen thousands of Sikhs, including communities in Canada and America, joining a campaign on Twitter, #LetSikhsPlay.
Despite protests from India's American coach Scott Flemming, his players were banned from wearing their cloth turbans in the game and for the rest of the tournament, The Times reported.
India lost to Japan by 23 points.
Officials insisted international rules declared ''players shall not wear equipment that may cause injury to other players''.
''We have always played in turbans, even in last year's Fiba championship in Manila,'' Pal Singh, 23, said on an Indian basketball blog.
''But playing in the Japan game without it felt very awkward."
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