French basketball player Salimata Sylla banned from official matches

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In January 2022, a French basketball player was prevented from competing in French national championships because she wears a headscarf. This is her story.

Talented French basketball player, Salimata Sylla, is 25 years old and based in Paris. She should be at the start of an exciting career, but instead, has been banned from participating in the French National Championships because she wears a hijab.

The law that enabled this has sparked controversy and raises important questions about religious freedom and inclusion in basketball. Sylla’s interview sheds light on her experience, highlighting the need for a more inclusive and diverse approach to religion in the world of sports.

Featured image by Naoual Sahel.

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