Czech Republic President Miloš Zeman has defended the policy of banning the Islamic swimwear known as a the Burkini saying that it is both unhygienic and does not belong in his country.
“In Czech swimming pools there is no reason for anyone bathing in Arab clothes,” Zeman said. He added that he could see a reason for some women to cover up depending on their body type, however.
He also argued that that the Burkini was likely to be unhygienic saying, “From the point of view of basic hygiene, you never know what kind of mess these fabrics might contain.”
“I do not think there is a reason why someone in a Czech swimming pool would have been bathing in Arabic clothes. By the way, if the Czechs arrived in an Arabian pool, they would be very bad to be in their bikinis,” he said.
While the Czech Republic has not banned the Burkini on a national level several pools, like in Austria and Germany, have banned it. The issue came to the forefront of Czech society recently after photographs of tourists wearing Burkinis at a pool in Prague circulated online.