Covering a gap

The Pro Hijab, to be launched next year, aims to help women overcome barriers in sport

Nike has has announced its plan to launch the Pro Hijab next year. Courtesy of Nike
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The hijab has been a controversial topic in global sport. While the sabre fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad became the first American athlete to wear one while competing at the Rio Olympics in 2016, many other hijab-clad athletes routinely come under fire from sporting federations.

The US sportswear giant Nike has taken a stand against this discrimination by announcing plans to launch the Pro Hijab next year. The specially-designed garment will tackle performance problems associated with wearing a traditional hijab during sports, taking into account its weight, lack of breathability and the potential for it to move about during action.

The move is a timely combination of empowerment and merchandising as an increasing number of Muslim women are pursuing professional sports. In addition, the company wields a good deal of influence in sports globally, which is important at a time when many in the West continue to have negative perceptions about the hijab.

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