The International Handball Federation fined a Norwegian women’s team for not showing enough skin: https://www.thelily.com/forced-to-play-in-panties-the-norwegian-beach-handball-team-decided-theyd-had-enough/
Can we have a sport without sex-specific rules forcing the women’s event to be soft core porn? Sheesh.
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When the European Championship began, the
members of the Norwegian women’s beach
handball team played in their standard
uniforms: sports bras and bikini briefs that
could not exceed 10 centimeters at the sides.
They played eight games in “panties,” as
longtime team member Elisabeth Hammerstad
refers to them, before they decided to rebel.
At their bronze-medal match on Sunday, once
they'd qualified for the upcoming world
championship, the Norwegian players ran onto
the court in shorts. It was an opportunity to
make a statement, Hammerstad said. “We are
athletes who just want to be playing our sport.”
For violating the rules of the International
Handball Federation, the team was fined 1,500
euros, or about $1,770.
} Ina Aletheia
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When youre wearing a bikini, it’s harder to
concentrate on the sport, Hammerstad said.
“You have to be running, doing gymnastic
moves.” Their uniforms could slip out of place.
A photographer might capture an unflattering
or revealing picture, which could circulate on
As an athlete, Hammerstad said, you don’t want
to be thinking about any of that.
@drifa funny how in much of the reporting on this the International Handball Federation gets away with saying "sorry we're really busy with the Olympics right now and changing the Rules has to go through the Proper Channels" - which sounds at least somewhat plausible upon first reading.
If you look closer (https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/20/sports/norway-beach-handball-team.html), it turns out they have had complaints about this as far back as 2006.
I guess this is what we get for not paying for journalism, but I hate it.
@drifa imagine if they had tried to wear the men's team uniforms. The ~horror!~
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