Nike launches sports hijab collection for female Muslim athletes

March 9, 2017 | By | Reply More

Nike is launching a hijab for female Muslim athletes early next year, the announcement came on Wednesday.

Nike launches sports hijabNike company is the first major sports brand apparel maker to offer a traditional Islamic head scarf designed specifically for competition.

The Nike hijab is designed to allow athletes to observe the traditional Islamic practice of covering the head without compromising performance.

The hijab has become the most visible symbol of Islamic culture in the United States and Europe.

Most of the Muslim women cover their heads in public with the hijab as a sign of modesty, but some critics see it as a sign of female oppression.

With sensitivities over immigration and the perceived threat of Muslim extremism running high, the head scarf has led to attacks against Muslim women.

At the same time, the hijab has evolved in a symbol of diversity that Nike has embraced.

Washington women’s march, held the day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, used the face of a woman wearing a hijab in an American flag pattern as its promotional image.

Muslim athletes visiting Nike’s headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon, just outside of Portland, have complained about the difficulties of wearing a hijab while competing, according to the company.

Press journalist for HRO media – Ignacio Damigo reports.

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