Date published: June 16, 2011
JERUSALEM (JTA) - The organization that coordinates European basketball will not make an exception to its uniform policy for an Orthodox Jewish player on the Israeli national women's team.
Naama Shafir, an Israeli point guard and a player on the University of Toledo's women's basketball team, normally wears a T-shirt under her jersey for modesty reasons.
Israel appealed to FIBA Europe - the Munich-based organization that governs basketball in Europe - for a possible exemption for Shafir so that she could participate in thé upcoming European women's basketball championship.
But the group decided to stick with its usual policy: All players must wear the same uniform.
Shafir, 21, said she would not compromise her religious beliefs to play in the championship in Poland.