“This announcement is certainly good news; it’s absolutely clear now that any restriction on the wearing of the turban is illegitimate, and we’re hopeful the Quebec Soccer Federation will now immediately lift its ban,” Balpreet Singh, a lawyer for the World Sikh Organization of Canada, said in a statement. “The children should really be allowed to play as soon as possible.”Read more
Mukhbir Singh, vice-president for Quebec and the Atlantic region for the World Sikh Organization, says he’s thankful for FIFA’s stance.
He said the public support has been uplifting and refreshing.Read more
The World Sikh Organization of Canada said earlier it was considering a legal challenge, but said the season was already lost for many young players, as the registration deadline had passed.Read more
Balpreet Singh, head of the World Sikh Organization of Canada, told The Gazette that the soccer association’s latest position is a repeat, albeit more strongly worded, of a directive it had issued in April to all Canadian referees to allow soccer players with religious headgear.Read more
The QSF wrote in a prepared release that the ban was “solely from a technical point of view and had absolutely nothing to do with religious matters or political issues.”
One of Canada’s leading Sikh figures said he was willing to give the QSF the benefit of the doubt.
“I’m going to take them for their word,” said Prem Vinning, president of the World Sikh Organization of Canada. “We’ve dealt with the issue. Let’s move forward let’s unite all Canadians. Canada is stronger when we all come together.”Read more
“We have made several phone calls that have never been returned and sent a registered letter that was not responded to,” said Balpreet Singh, president of the World Sikh Organization of CanadaRead more
B.C.'s executive director of the World Sikh Organization (WSO), Sukhvinder Kaur Vinning, said that in Quebec "the Sikh boys have been sidelined, and they are struggling."Read more
The Sikh community says this has forced a difficult dilemma onto the families of 100 to 200 children: ditch a religious requirement, or quit playing organized soccer. The World Sikh Organization says those children were forced out of soccer a year ago.Read more
La Fédération québécoise de soccer (FQS) a choisi de bannir le turban des terrains de soccer de la province pour des raisons de sécurité, mais elle ignore si ce type de couvre-chef est réellement dangereux.Read more