Israel, FIBA compromise on player uniform

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JERUSALEM (AP) -- The Israeli national team has reached a compromise with basketball's governing body that will allow an Orthodox Jewish player to play in the European women's championship in Poland.

Point guard Naama Shafir had asked to wear a T-shirt under her jersey because Jewish modesty rules require her to cover her shoulders.

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

But Moti Aksmit, a spokesman for the Israel Basketball Association, says an agreement was reached with FIBA that allows Shafir to wear skin-toned elastic sleeves.

Israel plays its first game Saturday against the Czech Republic.