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.