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