Paralympian Told Shorts ‘Too Short’; Handball Team Fined For Rejecting Bikini Bottoms
A British Paralympic athlete was told that her training shorts were “too short and inadequate” while members of the Norwegian national women's beach handball team were fined for refusing to wear bikini bottoms to a European Championship match.
Paralympic sprinter and long jumper Olivia Breen, 24, said she was “speechless” after a female official criticized her outfit at the English championships on Sunday.
“I've been wearing sprint briefs in the same style for many years and they are specially designed for competitions. I will hopefully wear them in Tokyo. I wondered if a male competitor would be similarly criticized, ”wrote Breen, who has cerebral palsy, on Twitter.
"I understand that there have to be rules and regulations regarding competition equipment, but women shouldn't be aware of what to wear in competition but feel comfortable and comfortable," added Breen.
England Athletics is investigating, a spokesman told The Guardian. "The well-being of all athletics participants is of the utmost importance and everyone should feel comfortable competing and participating in sports," said the spokesman.
The European handball federation fined the Norwegian women's beach handball team a fine of 1,500 euros (around US $ 1,780) on Monday after their players wore shorts instead of bikini bottoms during their beach handball EURO 2021 game over the weekend. The team was defeated by Spain in a playoff for third place.
"The disciplinary committee at the Beach Handball European Championship 2021 has dealt with a case of inappropriate clothing," said the association in a statement on its website. "In the bronze medal match against Spain on Sunday, the Norwegian team played with shorts that did not meet the athletes' uniform requirements defined in the IHF Beach Handball Rules of the Game."
Team members described the bikini bottoms as uncomfortable and degrading.
According to the International Handball Federation, “female athletes must wear bikini bottoms ... with a tight fit and an upward cut towards the top of the leg. The page width may not exceed 10 centimeters. "
Male athletes, however, have to "wear shorts" which "if they are not too loose, can be longer, but must remain 10 centimeters above the kneecap".
Norway's handball association supported the team in an Instagram post.
"We are very proud of these girls who are at the European Beach Handball Championships," says the statement from The Independent. “They raised their voices and told us that enough is enough.
"We are the Norwegian Handball Federation and we stand behind you and support you," it said. "We will continue to fight to change the international dress code so that players can play in the clothes they are comfortable with."
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.
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