Hege Storhaug, HRS
Med henvisning til sikkerhet, forbød FIFA hijab på fotballspillere i 2007, et forbud som nå skal anulleres. Prosessen startet i FN. den fikk oppslutning i afrikanske og asiatiske fotballorganisasjoner, og da Prins Ali bin Al Hussein i Jordan presenterte Cindy van den Bremens fotballhijab for FIFA, klarte han å få FIFA til å gjøre retrett, melder Radio Netherlands. Van den Bremen har tidligere blant annet designet tennishijab, skøytehijab og svømmehijab. Noen vil sikkert mene at å introdusere politikk og religion i idretten er et kvinnepolitisk fremskritt.
The ban was introduced because traditional headscarves were said to be dangerous: women could get caught up in them during the game. A Dutch design helped convinced FIFA to reverse its decision.
Calls to lift the ban originated in the United Nations and gathered support in the Asian and African football confederations which represent many Muslim countries.Jordan’s Prince Ali bin Al Hussein, a member of FIFA’s executive council, put forward a design from Dutch company Capsters to demonstrate that the headscarf needn’t be an impediment to the game.
Capsters is based in the southern Dutch city of Eindhoven and developed out of Cindy van den Bremen’s final college project. She set herself the task of offering Muslim sportswomen an alternative to the traditional hijab or headscarf. She ended up with four designs for various sports and activities. There was immediate interest and she marketed them under the brand name Capsters.