Life Without Basketball follows Bilqis, a young woman who explores her faith and identify as a Muslim American when a controversial ruling prevents her from playing basketball.
As a record-breaking high school star and NCAA Division 1 athlete, Bilqis’s life as a basketball player followed a clear path. At the end of senior year in college, she pursued her goal to play professionally, attended an invitational combine in 2014, was scouted favorably, and began contract negotiations with an agency in Switzerland. At that point she was informed that FIBA, the international governing body for the sport, had a rule banning headscarves on court.
FIBA initially explained that the rule was in place to keep the game religiously neutral. Later, FIBA cited safety concerns. Bilqis plans to meet with the FIBA board in Geneva at the end of 2017.
Bilqis has been invited to play for a diaspora team from Somali at this year’s All Arab Games in Dubai in February of 2018.
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