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HindustanTimes Sun,23 Nov 2014

Honey Singh bats for turbans on basketball field

Hindustan Times  New Delhi, August 26, 2014
First Published: 18:03 IST(26/8/2014) | Last Updated: 20:32 IST(26/8/2014)

Yo Yo Honey Singh knows how to stay in news even when none of his songs are on the chart topper's list. Now the Punjabi rapper has put his weight behind the campaign against banning Sikh basketball players from sporting turbans during matches played under the aegis of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA).

In a new video released on August 22, the singer has asked his fans to rally with him and put pressure on FIBA to revoke its  decision by sending messages to the body's Facebook account.



Milkha Singh and Bishen Singh Bedi too have extended their support to the petition, which currently has over 41,000 signatures.

Ashok Rangeen from the Basketball Federation of India had earlier told HT that the FIBA plans to review the ban on August 27. In the meantime, Sikh players are allowed to wear slightly-modified headgear during the interim period.

The controversy began on July 12 when Ravinder Pal Singh Kohli, a Delhi-based businessman, said he was aghast to see two Sikh players -- Amritpal Singh and Amjyot Singh -- playing with their hair bound in ponytails instead of wearing either their turbans or wearing the traditional patka against China during the FIBA Asia Cup in Wuhan (China).

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"In my opinion, it was a historic match," Singh told HT. "Despite the obvious botheration on their faces for not being allowed to wear the headgear that is a part of their culture and upbringing, both Amritpal and Amjyot brought victory to India scoring 13 points each and defeating China 58-65," Singh said.

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