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Middle ground can be reached on issue of hijabs in sport, say experts

December 02, 2007 | Canadian Press new window By Shannon Montgomery

CALGARY - When players in Afghanistan's burgeoning women's soccer league take to the field, many have a co-ordinating piece of uniform not often seen in western games.

"You'll see some teams wearing matching headscarves or matching baseball caps," says Waist Ayub, the founder and director of the Afghan Youth Sports Exchange.

"It's really up to each girl, and the variation they choose to wear. I've seen teams where they'll wrap a handkerchief around their head, so it's a little bit more free flowing and still covers their head."

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