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Athletes on the Norwegian ladies’s seashore handball workforce are being punished for carrying shorts moderately than bikini bottoms throughout a latest sport, with the European Handball Federation leveling fines over “a case of improper clothes.”
The federation’s disciplinary fee imposed a fine of 150 euros per participant (round $175) on the 10-member squad. In a joint assertion with the Worldwide Handball Federation, the officers mentioned “all efforts will probably be taken in an effort to additional promote the game. This contains the best presentation of the game and, by that, contains the outfit of the gamers.”
Norway’s workforce gave advance warning to officers on the European Championship that they’d put on shorts moderately than bikini bottoms after they confronted Spain in a bronze-medal sport on Sunday. The Norwegians misplaced that sport — however in addition they mentioned they had been proud to make an announcement by taking part in in shorts of bikini bottoms.
“We’re overwhelmed by the eye and assist from everywhere in the world!” the team said. “We actually hope this may end in a change of this nonsense rule!” it added.
Norway is backing its gamers.
“In fact we’d pay any fantastic,” Norwegian Handball Federation President Kare Geir Lio advised Agence France-Presse. “We’re all in the identical boat.”
“This is a crucial battle, and I am very proud to be part of this,” Norway’s Martine Welfler said as she welcomed the assist her workforce has obtained. “This optimistic suggestions is insane and I am unable to consider it to be sincere.”
Why the Norwegian workforce opposes bikini bottoms
The Norwegian workforce says the bikini bottoms aren’t sensible in a sport that always sees gamers diving into the sand. Some have additionally mentioned the necessities are merely degrading to ladies.
The International Handball Federation’s rules and regulations require males to put on shorts that fall now not than 10 centimeters (about 4 inches) above their knees. However the guidelines for ladies are extra particular, and revealing:
“Feminine athletes should put on bikini bottoms … with a detailed match and reduce on an upward angle towards the highest of the leg,” the foundations state. “The aspect width have to be of a most of 10 centimeters.”
Seaside handball is a comparatively new sport. Within the Olympics sphere, it is included solely within the Youth Olympic Video games. Nevertheless it has grown in reputation since formal guidelines for the game had been devised within the Nineteen Eighties. It shares the identical courtroom configuration as seashore volleyball — one other sport that’s beneath scrutiny for requiring feminine athletes to put on revealing bikini bottoms whereas male athletes compete in shorts.
The European and world governing our bodies are suggesting that the uproar over the bikini bottoms is because of, basically, faux information.
“From a European perspective, the response is predicated on disinformation on the process,” the federations mentioned. “The place of the gamers concerned is acknowledged and additional steps … are in movement.”
The federations be aware that Norway had filed a movement to debate permitting ladies to put on shorts again in April. Since then, they are saying, the nation’s federation has not introduced a separate movement ahead.
Feminine athletes’ uniforms will probably be a central subject for the newly established Seaside Handball Fee, which can maintain its first assembly subsequent month, the European and worldwide federations mentioned.