Instead of wearing short bikini bottoms, the Norwegian national beach handball team presented itself in shorts at the European Championships. That displeased the handball association.
The Norwegian beach handball players wore shorts instead of bikini bottoms at the EM.
The team was fined for this.
The Norwegian Association stands behind its team.
The handball association is now being criticized on social media.
Norway’s beach handball players were fined 1500 euros after a protest at the European Championships in Varna, Bulgaria against the dress code of the umbrella organization. In the duel for third place with Spain, the players had worn somewhat longer sports pants instead of the mandatory bikini panties. The Disciplinary Commission of the European Handball Federation (EHF) assessed this on Monday as a “case of inappropriate clothing”.
The world association IHF stipulates that men must wear shorts during their beach handball games that end “at least ten centimeters” above the knee. Women players have to wear bikini bottoms that are tight-fitting and have a side width of “a maximum of ten centimeters”.
Norwegian Association accepted the penalty
The change to the slightly longer pants was a “spontaneous action”, reported national player Katinka Haltvik to the public broadcaster NRK. The broadcaster had reported that the selection had already applied for not having to play in bikini panties before the first game. The umbrella organization rejected that. The Norwegian federation still let its players compete in the sports shorts of their choice, so they accepted the penalty.
Norway’s national team doesn’t just like the fact that women have to show a lot of skin. The reactions to their protest action: a wave of solidarity. The handball association, on the other hand, is criticized for the sexualization of the athletes on social media.
By the way, Norway had nothing to do with the medal ranks. Germany became European beach handball champions. Silver went to Denmark, bronze to Spain.
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