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Boxers or briefs? Norway womens' beach handball players fined for wearing ... shorts? – HotAir

Boxers or briefs? Norway womens' beach handball players fined for wearing ... shorts? – HotAir
"Embarrassing."

Now they’re paying a fine, and starting a big debate over sexualization of female athletes: The Norwegian women’s beach handball team has been fined for refusing to play in bikini bottoms during a game in the sport’s Euro 2021 tournament.While male players are allowed to play in tank tops and shorts no longer than 4 inches above the knee, women are required to wear midriff-baring tops and bikini bottoms “with a close fit and cut on an upward angle toward the top of the leg” and a maximum side width of 4 inches, according to International Handball Federation regulations.For the record, this is the uniform that had been flagged as non-compliant: View this post on Instagram A post shared by Beachhåndballjentene🇳🇴 (@norwaybeachhandballwomen) Other than the fact that the shorts aren’t bikini bottoms, what exactly is wrong with this uniform?If teams want to play in bikini bottoms, they should have that option, but if the league wants women in those uniforms, then they should force the men to wear similar briefs as well or explain any rational reason to apply two very different requirements to their athletes.

For some reason, however, the International Handball Federation has not made similar changes, even with the obvious disparity between uniforms between men and women and the lack of rational explanation for it.Far from complaining that the women on Norway’s beach handball team reveal too much in their competition uniforms, their governing European agency fined them for revealing too little .

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