General Article Hijab ban threatens basketball phenom

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‘As of right now I’m really in a holding pattern because of FIBA,’ Abdul-Qaadir told on Thursday, 12 June.

‘I think in many ways the key word in FIBA is international. I think that’s what upsets me most.’

The youngest of seven children in a devout Muslim family, she was always taught to practise her faith and be proud of whom she was.

And basketball came naturally to her, as she shot hoops as a toddler and kept working at her skills as she grew older, emulating her older brothers.

She was encouraged to put time into her studies as well and remained a top student throughout high school.

During high school, the talented Muslim player made history becoming the top scorer in Massachusetts high school history, breaking the mark of 2,710 points achieved by Women’s National Basketball Association star Rebecca Lobo 17 years ago.

Later on, she joined Division I basketball team at the University of Memphis, becoming the first female athlete to play Division I sports – the h...

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