Norway’s Beach Handball Team Fined After Not Wearing Bikinis
In a controversial decision, the European Handball Federation has fined Norway’s women’s handball team for wearing shorts rather than bikini bottoms. The fine totals close to $2,000, or approximately $177 per player.
The EHF claimed that the attire adorned by the team was “not according to the Athlete Uniform Regulations defined in the IHF Beach Handball Rules of the Game.”
Norway blasted the decision in official statements and on social media.
Vi er kjempestolte over disse jentene som under EM hevet stemmen og ga beskjed om at NOK ER NOK! Vi i NHF står bak dere og støtter dere. Sammen skal vi fortsette å kjempe for å endre regelverket for bekledning, slik at spillerne får spille i det tøyet de er komfortable med! pic.twitter.com/MmfiMtVz2Q
— Norges Håndballforbund (@NORhandball) July 20, 2021
While men are allowed to wear tank tops and shorts, women are required to wear both bikini tops and bottoms. “Athletes’ uniforms and accessories contribute to helping athletes increase their performance as well as remain coherent with the sportive and attractive image of the sport,” the regulation states.
What Norway will do in future competitions regarding this rule is not yet known.