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Published: Sunday, 6/19/2011

UT’s Shafir allowed to compete for Israel

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UT's Naama Shafir, pictured during the Rockets' win in the WNIT championship game, will be allowed to play for Israel's national team. UT's Naama Shafir, pictured during the Rockets' win in the WNIT championship game, will be allowed to play for Israel's national team.
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JERUSALEM — The Israeli national team reached a compromise with basketball’s governing body that will allow Naama Shafir, an Orthodox Jewish player from the University of Toledo, to compete in the European women’s championship.

FIBA Europe spokesman Sakis Kontos said the point guard was “given approval” to wear skin-toned elastic sleeves. She had asked to wear a T-shirt under her jersey because Jewish modesty rules require her to cover her shoulders.

FIBA initially refused, saying regulations require all players to wear the same uniform. The Israeli team and Jewish groups denounced the decision as insensitive.

Moti Aksmit, a spokesman for the Israel Basketball Association, said an agreement was reached with FIBA that allows the 21-year-old Shafir to play against the Czech Republic in Poland.

The NCAA allows her to compete wearing a T-shirt.



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