Muslim swimmers in London, England are now able to wear burkinis in swimming competitions. Burkinis are a type of swimsuit that cover the entire body. The Muslim Women’s Sport Foundation sent a special request to the Amateur Swimming Association. The ASA was asked to allow women to wear loose-fitting body suits.
Up until now, swimmers were not allowed to wear body suits during competitions. The reason these types of bathing suits were banned was because many people believed that they had qualities that would enhance one’s performance. This new guideline will only apply to swimmers in amateur competitions. The guidelines also state that the swimmers will have to let the referees know that they will be wearing a burkini prior to the competition.
The referees are not allowed to ask the participant why they want to wear the burkini. They do not want anyone to be uncomfortable. Chris Bostok is the chairman of the ASA Board. He has stated that the changes are a step in the right direction. He hopes that the changes will encourage more people to participate in the swimming competitions. He also hopes that everyone will be able to reach their full potential.
Rimla is a member of the Muslim Women’s Sports Foundation. She has stated that the number of Muslim women participating in sports is growing. That is why it is imperative that governing bodies change to fit the needs of these athletes. The organization is pleased with the changes that the ASA has made.