Paralympian Told Shorts ‘Too Short’; Handball Team Fined For Rejecting Bikini Bottoms


A British Paralympic athlete was informed her monitor shorts have been “too brief and inappropriate” whereas members of the Norwegian ladies’s nationwide seaside handball staff have been fined for refusing to put on bikini bottoms at a European championship match.

Paralympic sprinter and lengthy jumper Olivia Breen, 24, stated she was left “speechless” after a feminine official criticized her outfit on the English Championships on Sunday.

“I’ve been sporting the identical fashion spring briefs for a few years and they’re particularly designed for competing in. I’ll hopefully be sporting them in Tokyo. It made me query whether or not a male competitor could be equally criticized,” Breen, who has cerebral palsy, wrote on Twitter.

“I acknowledge that there must be laws and pointers in relation to competitors equipment however ladies shouldn’t be made to really feel self-conscious about what they’re sporting when competing however ought to really feel snug and relaxed,” Breen added.

England Athletics is investigating, a spokesperson informed The Guardian. “The wellbeing of all contributors in athletics is of the utmost significance and everybody ought to really feel snug to compete and take part within the sport,” the spokesperson stated.

The European Handball Federation, in the meantime, on Monday fined Norway’s ladies’s seaside handball staff 1,500 Euros (round $1,780) after its gamers wore shorts as an alternative of bikini bottoms throughout their Seashore Handball EURO 2021 match over the weekend. The staff was defeated by Spain in a third-place playoff.

“The Disciplinary Fee on the Seashore Handball Euro 2021 has handled a case of improper clothes,” the federation stated in a press release on its web site. “Within the bronze medal sport in opposition to Spain on Sunday the staff of Norway performed with shorts that aren’t based on the Athlete Uniform Laws outlined within the IHF Seashore Handball Guidelines of the Sport.” 

Crew members described the bikini bottoms as uncomfortable and degrading.

Based on the Worldwide Handball Federation, “feminine athletes should put on bikini bottoms … with an in depth match and minimize on an upward angle towards the highest of the leg. The aspect width should be of a most of 10 centimeters.”

Male athletes, nonetheless, “should put on shorts” that “if not too saggy, will be longer however should stay 10 centimeters above the kneecap.”

Norway’s Handball Federation backed the staff in an Instagram publish.

“We’re very pleased with these ladies who’re on the European Championships in seaside handball,” learn the assertion, per The Unbiased. “They raised their voice and informed us that sufficient is sufficient.

“We’re the Norwegian Handball Federation and we stand behind you and assist you,” it added. “We’ll proceed to combat to alter the worldwide laws for apparel, in order that gamers can play within the clothes they’re snug with.”


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