Hijab Banned in Sports Competitions in France

Hijab Banned in Sports Competitions in France

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The French Senate voted in favor of banning the wearing of hijabs in sports competitions, arguing that ‘neutrality’ is a requirement on the field of play.

The French upper legislative house voted late on Tuesday in favor of amending a proposed law stipulating that the wearing “of conspicuous religious symbols is prohibited” to take part in events and competitions organized by sports federations, Al Jazeera reported.

In their text, senators clearly said the amendment aims at banning “the wearing of the veil in sports competitions”. They claimed that headscarves can put at risk the safety of athletes wearing them when they practice their discipline.

The amendment, proposed by the right-wing group Les Republicains and opposed by the French government, was adopted with 160 votes in favor and 143 against. A commission composed of members from the Senate and the lower house should now gather to find a compromise on the text before it is published, meaning the amendment can still be erased.

It is unclear whether the ban would be implemented for the 2024 Paris Olympics. The Olympic organizing committee did not immediately answer a request for comment.

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