BEAVERTON, Ore. (AP/WCCO) — Nike has unveiled a hijab for Muslim female athletes.
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 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.
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For those who can’t wait for modest active wear, it was recently researched and developed in the Twin Cities, with a grant from the University of Minnesota.
The Minneapolis-based Asiya began selling sports hijabs in October. They run about $40, and come in three different variations.
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.
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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