Wearing of hijab during the international games had been banned by the FIBA earlier, which put the FIBA under the scanner. The stringent cultural norms among the Muslim caste public has put the partition of women in the sports in a tricky situation. Looking at the women wearing hijab lag behind in the sports due to their dress code problem has made Nike, one of the best-branded companies, to step in.
Nike has come up with the best outfit for the women wearing a hijab. The outfit called as the “Nike Pro Hijab” is something the company is been working on since a year. The outfit has been designed taking into consideration the athletes opinions. The hijab is a full pull-on outfit made up of stretchy, light fabric with a number of holes that provide breathability. It has an elongated back so that it will not come untucked. For now, the Nike Pro Hijab is available in three colors such as black, obsidian, and vast gray. The new sports outfit is supposed to hit the market by next year.
The fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad became the first American Muslim to win the bronze medal at the Rio Games that too wearing a headscarf last year. Similarly, the Muslim women participating in the U-17 Women’s World Cup 2016 wore headscarves during the huge “FIFA event.” Looking at the headscarves, the Soccer’s international governing body had lifted a ban on head coverings of the Muslim or Sikh players during the games in 2014.
After the ban, the governing body FIBA is under the scanner for taking such a drastic step without even considering the careers of the women wearing the headscarves.
Speaking of gender diversity, Nike proves to be the knight in a shining armor for the Muslim athletes.
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