Pink Offered To Pay The Fine That The Norwegian Women’s Handball Team Received For Breaking The Bikini Dress Code

July 26, 2021 / Posted by:

Last week the Norwegian women’s beach handball team got in official shit for wearing “improper clothing” in a match against Spain. No, this has nothing to do with the Olympics; the team was playing in the European Beach Handball Championships, which is run by the European Handball Federation (EHF). The EHF’s dress code states that female teams must play in sports bra-style tops and bikini bottoms (even though the men’s handball teams get to wear tanks and full shorts). At the beginning of the tournament, the Norwegian women petitioned to ditch the bikini bottoms and wear the shorts they train in, but the EHF threatened them with fines or disqualification. But by the time they made it to the bronze medal game against Spain (which they lost, oops), the ladies decided enough was enough. They wore shorts in protest of the dress code and were fined 1,500 euros (about $1,700).

Pink read this story, looked at all the cash, diamonds, and gold bars stacked in various corners of her mansion, and tweeted that she’d be happy to pay the team’s fines. She added that the EHF are the ones that should be fined, for sexism!

Here’s Pink’s tweet:

The official International Handball Federation’s rules state:

“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 centimeters.”

Here’s a picture of the Norwegian team following the dress code in their bikini bottoms:

…and a side-by-side of both the men’s and women’s handball teams:

Ummmm, one of these things is not like the other. If the EHF insists on serving sporty sex appeal, make the boys play in Speedos! It’s only fair. Here are the outfits the women’s team is being fined for:

Oh wow, look at all those nuns.

Pink isn’t the only one to offer to pay the fines. The team’s decision to wear shorts was supported by the president of Norway’s Handball Federation, who said they’d pay the fine for each player (via NBC News):

“It’s not [appropriate clothing for] the activity when they are playing in the sand,” Norwegian Handball Federation President Kåre Geir Lio told NBC News by phone from Oslo. The women’s team trains and competes in “what they want, like the boys” at home in Norway, but is subject to the International Handball Federation’s clothing rules when playing abroad, he said.

The Norwegian Federation added on Instagram:

“We are very proud of these girls who are at the European Championships in beach handball. They raised their voice and told us that enough is enough,” the organization wrote on Instagram. “We are the Norwegian Handball Federation and we stand behind you and support you. We will continue to fight to change the international regulations for attire so that players can play in the clothing they are comfortable with.”

The EHF President, Michael Wiederer, has since announced that the organization will re-evaluate its dress code, so woohoo! It looks like the protest worked. But one final, extremely important question: What is handball?!?


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