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Norway v Spain at the European Beach Handball Championship
Norway’s seashore handball crew wore shorts as an alternative of bikini bottoms of their bronze-medal match towards Spain

Norway have been fined 1,500 euros (£1,295) for carrying shorts as an alternative of bikini bottoms on the European Seashore Handball Championships.

Norway’s gamers wore shorts as an alternative of bikini bottoms throughout a bronze medal match towards Spain in Varna, Bulgaria.

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

An EHF assertion stated a disciplinary fee had imposed a effective of “150 euros per player, for a complete of 1,500 euros”.

It added that Norway had performed with shorts which can be “not in line with the athlete uniform laws outlined within the IHF [International Handball Federation] seashore handball guidelines of the game.”

Kare Geir Lio, the top of NHF, had informed news company AFP any penalty can be paid however added: “It ought to be a free alternative inside a standardised framework.

“An important factor is to have gear that athletes are comfy with.”

And following the choice to effective the gamers, the NHF stated: “We’re very pleased with these women who throughout the European Championships raised their voices and introduced that sufficient is sufficient!

“We at NHF stand behind you and help you. Collectively we’ll proceed to battle to vary the foundations for clothes, in order that gamers can play within the garments they’re comfy with.”

Earlier than the Championships, Norway approached the EHF to ask for permission to play in shorts however had been informed that breaches of the foundations had been punishable by fines.

A Norwegian movement to amend the present guidelines shall be mentioned by the our bodies within the coming months.

“The EHF is dedicated to convey this subject ahead within the curiosity of its member federations – nonetheless, it should even be stated {that a} change of the foundations can solely occur at IHF degree,” stated EHF spokesman Andrew Barringer.

The difficulty has been debated in seashore sports activities circles for a number of years as some gamers discover 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 change of perspective is required within the macho and conservative worldwide world of sport.”

President of the Norwegian Volleyball Federation, Eirik Sordahl, was important too, telling nationwide news company NTB: “In 2021, it should not even be a difficulty.”

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