Chairman Crowley, Rep. Bera on International Basketball Federation Decision to End Discriminatory Policy on Articles of Faith

May 4, 2017
Press Release

(Washington, DC) – House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley (D-NY) and Congressman Ami Bera (D-Calif.) released a joint statement today on the International Basketball Federation’s (FIBA) decision to allow players to wear articles of religious faith during competition.

“The decision from the International Basketball Federation to allow Sikhs and other players to wear articles of religious faith while competing is welcome news. It has been a long campaign to make this a reality, and praise should go to FIBA and the Sikh community -- they both helped ensure that Sikhs can compete just like anyone else. Sports can uplift communities and individuals by being a source of pride, collaboration, and friendly competition. This decision will help expand those benefits to those who deserve a fair chance at competition.”