10 Dec, 2019 @ 16:14
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Swimming pool hit with nearly one complaint A DAY over Muslim user wearing ‘burkini’ on Spain’s Costa Blanca

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A SWIMMING pool has seen nearly one complaint every day over a Muslim user wearing a ‘burkini’ at the Costa Blanca facility.

The Piscina Municipal Calp was hit by the denouncements after 22 separate users registered their discontent throughout the month of October.

The complaints in the swimming pool’s hoja de reclamación read: “Complaint for assistance of a person wearing a burkini at the municipal swimming pool.”

Calp’s department of sports has not yet responded to the grievances.

The burkini is a female swimsuit that completely covers the woman’s body, except the face, hands and feet – it is a portmanteau of the words ‘burqa’ and ‘bikini’.

Aheda Zanetti, an Australian sportswear designer and athlete of Lebanese origin, created it in 2004 so that Australian Muslims could bathe in public without contravening Islamic obligations.

The garment gradually left Australia and has spread across the world.

Joshua Parfitt

Joshua James Parfitt is the Costa Blanca correspondent for the Olive Press. He holds a gold-standard NCTJ in multimedia journalism from the award-winning News Associates in Twickenham. His work has been published in the Sunday Times, Esquire, the Mail on Sunday, the Daily Mail, the Sun, the Sun on Sunday, the Mirror, among others. He has appeared on BBC Breakfast to discuss devastating flooding in Spain, as well as making appearances on BBC and LBC radio stations.

Contact me now: [email protected] or call +44 07960046259. Twitter: @jjparfitt

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