Here something I felt like sharing that’s happened to me today at my competition @EnglandAthletic pic.twitter.com/QlYfPDmxEV
Thank you everyone for all your lovely supportive messages and I’m sorry to hear that it has happened to so many other people. Some people have asked what I was competing in yesterday so here is a picture. I don’t think it is “ objectionable” within the UKA regulations pic.twitter.com/rnTPoTxGAz
What is Olivia Breen disability?
Breen, who has cerebral palsy, will represent Britain when the Tokyo Paralympics begin on August 24. In her first Paralympics at the 2012 Games in London, she won bronze in the women's 4x100-meter relay. USA TODAYParalympian Olivia Breen says official called her sprinting shorts 'too short and inappropriate'
20 July, 2021 - 07:00am
July 19, 2021 | 7:09pm | Updated July 19, 2021 | 7:09pm
According to Breen, a female official made the remarks prior to the long jump competition. On Monday, Breen, 24, posted on Twitter that she feels “quite disappointed” and “was left speechless” by the official’s comments.
“I have been wearing the same style sprint briefs for many years and they are specifically designed for competing in,” Breen wrote. “I will hopefully be wearing them in Tokyo. It made me question whether a male competitor would be simply criticized. I hope no other female athletes had similar issues.
“I recognize that there needs to be regulations and guidelines in relation to competition kit but women should not be made to feel self conscious about what they are wearing when competing but should feel comfortable and at ease.”
According to The Guardian, the shorts in question were the Adidas official 2021 briefs.
Breen, who has cerebral palsy, is slated to partake in the Tokyo Paralympics in August, representing the United Kingdom due to her Welsh heritage. She previously won a gold medal in the T35-38 100-meter sprint relay at the 2015 IPC World Championships and the T38 long jump at the same competition in 2017.
20 July, 2021 - 07:00am
An official also said the sprint briefs were 'inappropriate'
Taking to Twitter after the event, the 24-year-old sprinter and long jumper said, 'I am always grateful for the incredible volunteers who officiate at athletics events. They do an amazing job and make it possible for us to compete. However, tonight I feel disappointed because just as I finished my long jump competition, one of the female officials felt it necessary to inform me that my sprint briefs were too short and inappropriate. I was left speechless.
'I have been wearing the same sprint style briefs for many years and they are specifically designed for competing in. I will hopefully be wearing them in Tokyo. It made me question whether a male competitor would be similarly criticised. I hope no other female athletes had similar issues.
'I recognise that there needs to be regulations and guidelines in relation to competition kit but women should not be made to feel self conscious about what they are wearing when competing but should feel comfortable and at ease.'
Breen, who won world championship gold in 2015 and 2017, and also won a bronze medal at the London 2012 Paralympics, confirmed that she would be making an official complaint to UK Athletics.
An England Athletics spokesperson said: 'We are aware of the post and will be investigating as a matter of urgency. The wellbeing of all participants in athletics is of the utmost importance and everyone should feel comfortable to compete and participate in the sport.'