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Milkha, Bishan Bedi join online petition against FIBA's patka ban

New Delhi: Sports personalities Milkha Singh and Bishan Singh Bedi have joined hands with Kalgidhar Society to launch an online petition to protest against discriminatory policy against Sikh basketball players wearing patkas.

Milkha Singh and Bishan Bedi
Milkha Singh and Bishan Bedi 

Launched on July 26 on Change.org (http://change.org/letsikhsplay), the petition is addressed to International Basketball Federation (FIBA). It has been supported by more than 40,000 persons so far and will be forwarded to FIBA Aug 25 for consideration by its governing board in Spain Aug 27-28.

Two Indian Sikh players, Amarpal and Amjyot Singh, were asked to remove their patka to continue playing for India in the Asia Cup Championship at Wuhan in China July 12. Referees asserted that wearing patkas during play violated one of FIBA's rule.

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