Decathlon designed exclusive sports headscarves originally marketed in Morocco at the request of local hijabi women who practice sports.
Rabat – French sportswear retailer Decathlon will start selling sports headscarves in France, the US, and in its other stores around the world starting March, the company announced Monday.
Decathlon said the headscarves, which cover the hair and neck, will prove “practical” for women who wear hijab and also love to jog and play sports. The headscarves were originally made and marketed in Morocco after some Moroccan women requested the sportswear.
The sports retailer explained to its customers on its Twitter account that some women expressed their need for sports headscarves, because they could not find sports accessories or gear “adapted to their way of practicing their sport.”
“We are fully committed to making sport accessible to all women around the world,” said Decathlon.
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Decathlon’s headscarves have divided public opinion since the weekend, sparking controversy.
Many anti-Islamists around the world took to social media to criticize the sports headscarves.
Agnes Buzyn, French minister of solidarity and health, expressed her opinion about the sports headscarves on Tuesday, answering a question on RTL radio.
The minister said that while French law does not prohibit headscarves, she would have preferred that French brands like Decathlon did not “promote hijab.” Buzyn stressed that she did not “share the vision” of women who support hijab in the country.
Other sports brands like Nike also sell women’s sports headscarves.