Nike introduce their first ever sports Hijab

Nike introduce first sports Hijab

One thing that is always incredibly refreshing and inspiring to see is the merging of the Western world with other cultures across the globe.

Nike has released its first sports hijab worldwide after hearing from athletes that the more traditional hijab could sometimes lead to performance problems.

Nike developed a prototype and asked several athletes to try it out, including weightlifter Amna Al Haddad and figure skater Zahra Lari, both from the United Arab Emirates, runner Manal Rostom, a Nike Run Club Coach in Dubai, and Zeina Nassar, a German boxer.

Nike Middle East have previously paved the way when it comes to making breathable, effective sportswear that caters to female Muslim athletes, but now Nike Pro have brought the light and breathable design to the US to make it more widely accessible.Zahra Lari, a pro ice dancer from the United Arab Emirates says that the Nike hijab acts as a reminder to us Muslim women that we can achieve anything in the world. “What Nike has done for Muslim athletes is a dream that we never thought would happen.”

Nike is not the first company to create hijabs for athletes, it is the first large-scale global corporation to prioritize the needs of Muslim athletes.

U.S fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, who recently launched her very own hijab-wearing Barbie, told Nike she hopes this step can make sports more inclusive of people of all backgrounds.

“The Nike Pro Hijab will help advance the conversation around hijabs and Muslim women in sports and further make sports an inclusive space,” she said.

This is undoubtedly a step in the right direction for diversity and inclusiveness, and it’s a major leap in the conversation surrounding hijabs in general, and also works towards increasing the prominence of women in sport (particularly Muslim women).