Norwegian Beach Handball Players Refused to Wear Bikinis Because they Felt Sexualized
The members of the Norwegian women’s beach handball team that participated in the European speciality competition made an important decision, which was not to use more bikinis to participate in the competitions because they felt sexualized.
The players were able to authorize the European Federation of the discipline (EHF), but this did not give them and decided to apply a fine for not respecting their decision. The regulations oblige the players to wear a bikini and that the bottom part “does not have more than ten centimetres on the sides”.
So, the women also decided to change their clothes since they did not feel comfortable. In the match for third place in the European competition, against Spain, the Norwegian players came out on the court in long leggings. Without authorization, the disciplinary committee fined each player 150 euros for wearing “inappropriate clothing”.
The girls had the backing of the Norwegian Federation, which pointed out that “we are very proud of the team that raised their voices during the European competition. We support and support them and together we will fight to change the rules of clothing ”.
In the statement released after the sanction that the girls received, he spoke of “free choice within a standardized framework” and that the fundamental thing is that the athletes “feel comfortable.”
Before the competition, Norway requested authorization to play with shorts but as the entity did not give it, the Federation advised that it would take over the fine, which was ultimately 150 euros per player.
“The Disciplinary Commission of the 2021 European Beach Handball Championship dealt with an issue of inappropriate clothing. In the bronze medal match against Spain, the Norwegian team played in shorts that are not authorized by the Athlete’s Uniform Regulations defined in the EHF Beach Handball rules. The Disciplinary Commission decided to impose a fine of 150 euros per player, that is, a total of 1,500, “he said in his statement.
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