Nike Pro Hijab
Nike announced the release of its new product, the Nike Pro Hijab, this week. The release of this lightweight head covering gives validation to Muslim women athletes who have suffered from discrimination throughout the sports world for years. FIBA, the international governing body for basketball, has been postponing its vote to lift the ban on headgear since January, effectively keeping Muslim women from around the world from turning pro. Nike's first hijabi brand ambassador, Manal Rostom of Egypt, believes that the release of this product may be a milestone on the path to religious tolerance in sports. She said, "For a brand like Nike to come out and say that these people exist and are inclusive of hijabis is a big deal.”
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