The Norwegian women’s beach front handball staff has been fined for refusing to engage in in bikini bottoms in the course of a game in the sport’s Euro 2021 event.
The workforce wore thigh-size elastic shorts all through their bronze medal match versus Spain in Bulgaria on Sunday to protest towards the regulation bikini-bottom design that the sport’s Norwegian federation president known as “embarrassing.”
The workforce was fined 1,500 euros total ($1,700) for “improper outfits,” according to a statement from the European Handball Association’s Disciplinary Commission.
While male players are allowed to participate in in tank tops and shorts no lengthier than 4 inches above the knee, gals are expected to dress in midriff-baring tops and bikini bottoms “with a close match and minimize on an upward angle towards the prime of the leg” and a greatest aspect width of 4 inches, in accordance to Global Handball Federation laws.
“It really is not [appropriate clothing for] the activity when they are participating in in the sand,” Norwegian Handball Federation President Kåre Geir Lio explained to NBC Information by cell phone from Oslo. The women’s crew trains and competes in “what they want, like the boys” at household in Norway, but is subject matter to the Intercontinental Handball Federation’s clothing principles when playing overseas, he said.
The team had petitioned to wear the shorts its gamers prepare in from the start of the tournament, Lio explained, but was threatened by the EHA with a wonderful or disqualification. By Sunday’s bronze medal match the gals resolved to make a statement.
“It was incredibly spontaneous. We thought, ‘Let’s just do it now, and then see what happens,'” player Katinka Haltvik instructed Norwegian broadcaster NRK.
“I got a concept 10 minutes prior to the match that they would put on the clothing that they were being happy with. And they acquired our whole aid,” Lio claimed.
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The workforce been given support at house and overseas on social media.
“This is completely preposterous! How a lot of perspective improvements are necessary in the aged-fashioned global patriarchy of sports?” tweeted Norway’s Minister of Culture in response to news that the team experienced been fined.
Norway has campaigned because 2006 for shorts to be formally regarded as acceptable in seashore handball, and will submit a motion to change the regulations in an extraordinary congress of the IHF in November, said Lio.
Haltvik hopes it will make the activity a lot more inclusive. “It shouldn’t be the situation that men and women really don’t want to acquire component due to the fact of the outfit,” she instructed NRK in April.
Endeavours to regulate formal female apparel in other seaside athletics have confirmed controversial. The Qatar Volleyball Association’s preliminary proposal to ban gamers from wearing bikinis all through an international seaside volleyball tournament hosted by the region this calendar year was achieved with threats of boycott from some players.
The International Volleyball Federation up-to-date its personal uniform principles in 2012. In this month’s Tokyo Olympics, feminine beach volleyball players can decide on to enjoy in shorts and T-shirts, as properly as bikinis or a single-piece bathing satisfies.