The head covering, called the ‘Pro Hijab’, will be released in 2018
Made up of a single layer, pull on design, the 'Pro hijab' is made from lightweight polyester in dark and neutral colours.
According to Nike, the fabric’s tiny holes will ensure athletes’ skin can breath while the covering remains opaque – a must for Muslim women.
The revolutionary product – which will launch Sprin 2018 – will see Nike push to take over an unexplored market and also help the integration of Muslim sportswomen.
While being breathable, the covering remains opaque
Emirati figure skater Zahra Lari said: "I was thrilled and a bit emotional to see Nike prototyping a Hijab.
“I’ve tried so many different hijabs for performance and so few of them actually work for me.
“But once I put it on and took it for a spin on the ice, I was blown away by the fit and the light weight."
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The khimar is a long veil that fall to just above the waist. It covers the hair, neck and shoulders but leaves the face clear
The sports star also celebrated the announcement of the new hijab, posting photos on her Instagram page with the caption: "Can’t believe this is finally here!! I’m super excited to announce the Nike Pro hijab!!
“So proud to be part of this incredible journey.”
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The hijab will help with the integration of Muslim sportswomen
The company spent more than a year working with dozens of athletes to make sure the finished product is comfortable, durable and still meets all the religious requirements.
And it has been deemed such a success, while it is expected to have its Olympic debut in Tokyo 2020.
Megan Saalfeld, spokeswoman for Nike, said: ”Nike Pro Hijab was designed along with several athletes who told us that they needed this product for a better performance.”
The hijab is expected to have its Olympic debut in Tokyo 2020
The move comes just weeks after a controversial Nike ad was released in the Middle East.
The advert featured five female professional from different parts of the Arab world pursing their athletic dreams while a voiceover says: “What will they say about you?"
The video went viral with million of views on social media, prompting a debate over its message.
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