Nike unveils hijab for Muslim athletes

  • The Nike Pro Hijab has been in development for a year.
  • Athletes contributed input into the product, and figure skater Zahra Lari was among those who tested it and posted photos of herself wearing the hijab on her Instagram page
  • The pull-on hijab is made of light, stretchy fabric that includes tiny holes for breathability and an elongated back so it will not come untucked. It will come in three colors: black, vast grey and obsidian. Beaverton-based Nike says the hijab will be available for sale next year.
  • Last summer, fencerIbtihaj Muhammad of New York became the first Muslim American woman to compete for the United States wearing a hijab at the Olympics and earned a bronze medal at the Rio Games.
  • The U-17 Women’s World Cup last October inJordan marked the first time Muslim players wore headscarves during a FIFA 
  • Soccer’s international governing body formally lifted a ban on head coverings in 2014, recognizing Muslim and Sikh players whereas FIBA (governing body for basketball) has come under fire for banning headscarves during international competition

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