Nike unveils Pro Hijab for Muslim athletes

Published: March 8, 2017
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The Nike Pro Hijab has been in development for a year, the company said. Athletes contributed input into the product, and figure skater Zahra Lari was among those who tested it.

The pull-on hijab is made of light, stretchy fabric that includes tiny holes for breath-ability 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, reported Associated Press. 

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Lari, a hopeful for the Winter Olympics next year in Pyeongchang, South Korea, posted photos of herself wearing the hijab on her Instagram page. Lari is from Abu Dhabi and represents the United Arab Emirates.

“Can’t believe this is finally here!!” she wrote.

Last summer, fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad of New York became the first Muslim American woman to compete for the United States wearing a hijab at the Olympics. She earned a bronze medal at the Rio Games.

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The U-17 Women’s World Cup last October in Jordan marked the first time Muslim players wore headscarves during a FIFA event. Soccer’s international governing body formally lifted a ban on head coverings in 2014, recognizing Muslim and Sikh players.

Meanwhile, the governing body for basketball, FIBA, has come under fire for banning headscarves during international competition.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • fahim
    Mar 8, 2017 - 12:37PM

    I like itRecommend

  • Maheen Ayaz.
    Mar 8, 2017 - 4:01PM

    I am getting one.Recommend

  • Quresh
    Mar 8, 2017 - 7:18PM

    Real Hijab is not wearing provocative dress. Covering head is not Hijab. Recommend

  • Rahul
    Mar 8, 2017 - 7:19PM

    Congratulations to Nike for launching this on Women’s Day! Nothing like reminding them of their place.Recommend

  • Sft
    Apr 4, 2017 - 10:58PM

    It’s like if some day maybelline decided to manufacture vermillion no one put them down similarly this move ny nike is a sign of respect by nike. It signifies that this too is a choice and we respect and cater to everyones’ choices and needs.
    But i think you need to have an empowered,enlightened to understand whether this is empowering or backward.Recommend

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