THE NEWSGHOST, NIGERIA –
Nike announced on Tuesday, March 7, 2017, that it is releasing a new athletic apparel designed for Muslim female athletes the ‘Nike Pro Hijab’.
Report indicates that Nike intends to start selling the Pro Hijab to the general public in its Spring 2018 season (late March 2018).
Nike says the design for the sports hijab took 13 months with input from top Muslim female athletes like United Arab Emirates Olympic weightlifter Amna Al Haddad and figure skater Zahra Lari.
The Nike Pro Hijab is designed as a single-layer, pull-on head wear. It is made of lightweight polyester fabric with tiny holes that make it breathable and remain opaque as traditional hijab is required. And it comes in a dark, neutral colour that even enhances its opacity. The hijab stretches to fit the wearer’s head and it is elongated to make sure it never gets untucked during action.
Nike considered the concerns that Muslim female athletes face when wearing traditional hijab and analysed how it affected their performance.
Al Haddad said, ‘The one obstacle that’s always there if you’re a hijabi is what are you going to wear on your head?’
‘For us, we come up with ideas and ways to be comfortable in what we wear, but to have the number one sport and fitness brand in the world facilitate this process for us is going to change everything,’ she added.
The Nike Pro team working on the Pro Hijab used the feedbacks from the female athletes to guide its design. The outcome is a sleek sport hijab that feels like a second skin.
Amna Al Haddad and Zahra Lari are already wearing the Nike Pro Hijab.