Before the new regulations were decided by FIBA, the International Basketball Federation, in 2017, women in headscarves were stopped from competing professionally after they turned 18.

The justification was that it could injure the wearer, teammates or opponents, or that the garment could fall off.

In connection with the lifting of the ban, several media outlets, including Mitti and Al Jazeera, reported on young women who were prevented from playing professional basketball because they wore the hijab.

Hear Sanna about why it is important for her to be allowed to play basketball in hijab.