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Turban dispute

New Delhi: The sports ministry on Wednesday asked the Basketball Federation of India (BFI) to submit a detailed report on the incident in which two Sikh players of the Indian team were forced to remove their turbans during India’s Asia Cup campaign in China early this month.

“We are shocked and outraged. Wearing a turban does not affect fair play and has not been objected to in international sports championships.

“The latest incident has surprised and shocked us. We have spoken to BFI and sought a detailed report from them,” sports minister Sarbananda Sonowal said in a statement.

The two players Amritpal Singh and Amjyot Singh were stopped from entering the court before India’s opening match against Japan.