Norwegian women’s volleyball team refused to wear bikinis

Pink has offered to pay the €1500 fine against the Norwegian women’s beach handball team after they defied sexist uniform standards and wore shorts at the European Beach Handball Championships in Bulgaria recently (photo above) instead of bikini bottoms, as required by the European Handball Federation’s uniform regulations. The Federation accused them of wearing “improper clothing … shorts that are not according to the Athlete Uniform Regulations defined in the IHF Beach Handball Rules of the Game.”

The rules stipulate that “Male athletes must wear shorts … Female athletes must wear bikini bottoms … with a close fit and cut on an upward angle toward the top of the leg. The side width must be of a maximum of 10 centimetres.”

Here is a visual depiction of these rules for the men’s vs. women’s uniforms:

SOURCE: Junkee, by Edwina Storie, 27 July 2021 ; VISUAL