Norway fined for ‘improper clothing’

Norway’s seaside handball staff wore shorts as a substitute of bikini bottoms of their bronze-medal fit towards Spain

Norway were fined 1,500 euros (£1,295) for dressed in shorts as a substitute of bikini bottoms on the Eu Seaside Handball Championships.

Norway’s gamers wore shorts as a substitute of bikini bottoms right through a bronze medal fit towards Spain in Varna, Bulgaria.

Norway’s Handball Federation (NHF) had already said it could pay if their gamers had been fined.

An EHF remark stated a disciplinary fee had imposed a high-quality of “150 euros in line with participant, for a complete of one,500 euros”.

It added that Norway had performed with shorts which can be “no longer in line with the athlete uniform rules outlined within the IHF [International Handball Federation] seaside handball laws of the sport.”

Kare Geir Lio, the top of NHF, had advised information company AFP any penalty could be paid however added: “It must be a loose selection inside a standardised framework.

“Crucial factor is to have apparatus that athletes are pleased with.”

And following the verdict to high-quality the gamers, the NHF stated: “We’re very pleased with those ladies who right through the Eu Championships raised their voices and introduced that sufficient is sufficient!

“We at NHF stand in the back of you and reinforce you. In combination we will be able to proceed to combat to switch the foundations for clothes, in order that gamers can play within the garments they’re pleased with.”

Sooner than the Championships, Norway approached the EHF to invite for permission to play in shorts however had been advised that breaches of the foundations had been punishable by way of fines.

A Norwegian movement to amend the present laws will probably be mentioned by way of the our bodies within the coming months.

“The EHF is dedicated to carry this matter ahead within the pastime of its member federations – on the other hand, it will have to even be stated {that a} alternate of the foundations can most effective occur at IHF stage,” stated EHF spokesman Andrew Barringer.

The problem has been debated in seaside sports activities circles for a number of years as some gamers in finding the bikini each degrading and impractical.

Norway’s Minister for Tradition and Sports activities, Abid Raja, tweeted after Monday’s ruling: “It is utterly ridiculous – a metamorphosis of perspective is wanted within the macho and conservative world international of game.”

President of the Norwegian Volleyball Federation, Eirik Sordahl, used to be vital too, telling nationwide information company NTB: “In 2021, it mustn’t also be a subject.”

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