The Jakarta Post
The design is said to be lightweight, breathable and fast-drying with UPF40+ sun protection. (Nike/File)
Nike has announced a new swimwear line for athletes who wear the hijab, to be available globally on Feb. 1, 2020.
The swimwear will be part of Nike’s Victory Swim Collection, featuring both a full-body swimsuit and individual pieces consisting of a swimming hijab, a tunic top and leggings.
“Too often, swimwear represents a barrier, rather than a conduit to enjoy the water,” the company said in a statement, as reported by Time.
Nike also assured that the design would be lightweight, breathable and fast-drying with UPF40+ sun protection, CNN wrote.
Nike Pro Hijab features a single-layer pull-on design made of lightweight polyester with tiny holes that make the fabric breathable and opaque, available in dark and neutral colors.
“Nike aims to serve today’s pioneers as well as inspire even more women and girls in the region who still face barriers and limited access to sport,” said the company in a statement during the launch, back in December 2017.
"I was thrilled and a bit emotional to see Nike prototyping a hijab," Zahra Lari, a figure skater from the United Arab Emirates said. "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 lightweight aspect."
When reviewing the new swimwear line for Nike, Lari said the outfit helped her swim better.
“It doesn’t weigh you down, and it helped me swim better. It’s so different from any of the swimsuits I’ve ever seen, and I know I can wear this confidently.” (vel/kes)
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