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Swimming pool relents on burkini ban

Tuesday 26 February 2008

Swimming pool officials in Zwolle have ended their ban on orthodox Muslim women swimming in the all-encompassing garment nicknamed a burkini.

Last week, a woman was asked to leave one of the city’s pools for wearing the head-to-do costume because it upset other swimmers.

Muslim convert Liselotte Buitelaar told the Volkskrant she had swum with her son several times before being thrown out. ‘I really don’t understand the fuss,’ she says. ‘It looks like a jogging suit but it is made of swimsuit material.’

The garment, officially known as a hijood, was developed in Australia. Buitelaar bought hers in the rural north-eastern town of Meppel.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

Oh ... we were about to launch a protest by swimming at this pool with only ski-maskes on.

By ChingChangChong | 26 February 2008 5:46 PM

Ski masks are not a good idea as there are air vent holes in the sides and will let water in. What night we going skinny dipping Ching Chang Chong?

By eeyin amsterdam | 27 February 2008 10:29 AM

But who are you protesting against?Cause i can't make out of your post?

By what it do | 27 February 2008 11:26 AM

I practice the religion of nudism. Does this mean I can swim naked???

By Tim Lee | 29 February 2008 7:51 AM

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