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During the Olympics, the Norwegian women’s handball team decided to disobey uniform requirements, leading to fines for all members.
The women athletes are expected to wear minimal coverage bikinis during their game, however, the Norwegian team protested the requirement by wearing spandex shorts and a sports bra instead. Subsequently, the team was fined $177 per athlete, which singer Pink offered to cover. In a Tweet, Pink said, “I’m VERY proud of the Norwegian female beach handball team FOR PROTESTING THE VERY SEXIST RULES ABOUT THEIR “uniform”. The European handball federation SHOULD BE FINED FOR SEXISM. Good on ya, ladies. I’ll be happy to pay your fines for you. Keep it up.”
Supporters on Twitter pointed out the seemingly unnecessary differences between male and female handball uniforms. Men are allowed to sport long shorts and loose tee shirts, while women wear bikini bottoms and sports bras. “The European Handball Federation acknowledges the position of the players involved and further steps towards change, in close coordination with the International Handball Federation, have been and are in motion,” said EHF President Michael Wiederer in a statement.
Continuing, he said, “At the same time, I would also like to underline that it was never the players who were fined, but solely – and according to the regulations – the Norwegian Handball Federation.” On Instagram, the women’s team wrote, “It feels so good to know that we have EHFs support, and we believe that a change is in motion.”
ARTICLE: ANTOINETTE AHO
MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
PHOTO CREDITS: EURO NEWS