Iran soccer girls banned from Youth Games over hijab

Iran's National Olympic Committee (NOC) had refused to let the team play at the August 14-26 Games in Singapore without the hijab and they have been replaced by Thailand, according to the Asian Football Confederation website (www.the-afc.com).

Some 3,500 athletes aged between 14 and 18 are expected to take part in 26 sports at the inaugural Youth Olympics.

(Writing by Nick Mulvenney in Beijing, editing by Greg Stutchbury)