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Nike To Debut First High-Performance Hijab For Muslim Athletes

When Emirati weightlifter Amna Al Haddad told Nike she had only found one hijab sufficient enough for competition and she had to hand wash it each night, the apparel giant got to work. They created a lightweight breathable headscarf in dark colors suitable for Muslim athletes.

The “Nike Pro Hijab” has been in development for more than a year, and it will be released in the Spring of 2018.

“We worked with Amna and a variety of other athletes to see what they needed and wanted in a performance hijab,” Global Nike Spokeswoman Megan Saalfeld told Al Arabiya English. What we heard was that women were looking for a lightweight and breathable solution that would stay in place without concern of shifting.”

Actually, Nike has been considering the specially-designed hijab long before the design process began.

“The Nike Pro Hijab may have been more than a year in the making, but its impetus can be traced much further back, to an ongoing cultural shift that has seen more women than ever embracing sport,” a statement from Nike read. “This movement first permeated international consciousness in 2012, when a hijabi runner (Saudi Arabia’s Sarah Attar) took the global stage in London.”

Here’s a look at the headpiece.

Kim Constantinesco

Kim Constantinesco

As the founder and editor-in-chief of Purpose2Play.com, Kim Constantinesco dives under the surface hype to illuminate heroes in the sports world. Whether talking with the first man with cerebral palsy to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro, or the first woman to mountain bike across Afghanistan, Kim has a keen interest in shining the spotlight on ordinary people doing extraordinary things. She believes it's time media starts placing a higher value on the people and communities who are actively doing something to make the world a little better. Previously, she covered the Denver Broncos and the NFL for seven seasons. Her work has been featured on NFL.com, CBS Sports, Fox Sports, The New York Times, and USA Today. She resides in Denver, CO. When not working, she can be found deep in the Rocky Mountains throwing backflips on her snowboard. Follow Kim on Twitter: @KimCon14
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