Paralympic Star Rips Official For Calling Her Sprint Shorts 'Inappropriate'

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The 24-year-old 2-time world champion claims the comment came after the long jump events at the English Championships in Bedford on Sunday ... an interaction that left a bad taste in her mouth.

"I am always very grateful to the incredible volunteers who officiate at athletics events," Breen said on Twitter. "They do an amazing job and make it possible for us to compete."

"However, tonight I feel quite disappointed because just as I finished my long jump competition at the English Championships, one of the female officials felt it necessary to inform me that my sprint briefs were too short and inappropriate."

Breen explained her shorts are made by Adidas and specifically designed for competition ... which she has worn for many years.

In fact, Breen -- who has cerebral palsy -- says she intends to wear the same shorts when competing for Britain at the Tokyo Paralympics in August.

"It made me question whether a male competitor would be similarly criticized," she added. "I hope no other female athletes had similar issues."

Breen notes she's all on board with having rules and regulations for what people wear during events, but says "women should not be made to feel self-conscious about what they are wearing when competing but should feel comfortable and at ease."

Breen told CNN that England Athletics has been supportive and in communication with her following the incident ... and she plans to file a complaint.

England Athletics released a statement as well ... saying it is investigating the matter.

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Paralympian Olivia Breen left ‘speechless’ after being told sprint briefs ‘too short’

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(Reuters) — Welsh Paralympic world champion Olivia Breen said she was left shocked and dismayed when an official at Sunday’s English Championships in Bedford told her that her sprint briefs were “too short and inappropriate.”

Breen, an Olympic bronze medallist in the T35-38 4x100m relay in 2012, is a double world champion having won gold in the same event in 2015 and a gold in the T38 long jump in 2017.

The 24-year-old, who has cerebral palsy, said the official in question made the remark during the long jump event.

“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,” Breen said on Twitter

Here something I felt like sharing that’s happened to me today at my competition @EnglandAthletic pic.twitter.com/QlYfPDmxEV

“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 criticized. I hope no other female athletes had similar issues.”

Breen added that “women should not be made to feel self-conscious” about their kits.

England Athletics told British media they were aware of the post and were investigating the issues “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,” a spokesperson said.

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Paralympian Olivia Breen says official called her sprinting shorts 'too short and inappropriate'

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The two-time Paralympic world champion said she has been wearing the same style sprint briefs for many years and plans to wear the shorts in Tokyo.

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Two-time Paralympic world champion Olivia Breen said she was "left speechless" after an English Championships official told her that her sprinting shorts were "too short and inappropriate."

Breen posted on Twitter Sunday evening that the incident occurred after finishing the long jump competition at the English Championships earlier the same day. She said while she was grateful for all the competition's volunteers, she was disappointed with what the official told her and women shouldn't feel self conscious about what they wear. 

"I have been wearing the same style sprint 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 (sic). I hope no other female athletes had similar issues," Breen wrote.

Here something I felt like sharing that’s happened to me today at my competition @EnglandAthleticpic.twitter.com/QlYfPDmxEV

In an interview with The Guardian, Breen said she was wearing official Adidas briefs.

Breen told CNN England Athletics have been in contact with her about incident as she plans to file an official complaint.

"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," an England spokesperson told The Guardian.

England Athletics did not respond to immediate request for comment by USA TODAY.

The 24-year-old posted on Twitter Monday what she wore during the event and thanked people for sending her supportive messages.

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.  She also won gold in the relay race at the 2015 IPC World Championships and in the T38 long jump at the world championships in 2017.

"Female athletes should be able to wear what makes THEM feel comfortable to perform (and what sports manufacturers have designed for us, largely out of our control) regardless of what is deemed ‘improper’ as informed by the male gaze," fellow British Paralympic sprinter and long jumper Polly Maton said on Twitter.

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'Speechless': Paralympian's outrage over 'disgusting' outfit remark

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Welsh Paralympic athlete Olivia Breen said she was left shocked and disappointed when an official at the English Championships in Bedford remarked that her sprint briefs were "too short and inappropriate".

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Breen, an Olympic bronze medallist for Great Britain in the T35-38 4x100m relay in 2012, is a double world champion having won gold in the same event in 2015 and a gold in the T38 long jump in 2017.

The 24-year-old, who has cerebral palsy, said the official in question made the remark during the long jump event.

"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," Breen said on Twitter.

"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."

Breen added that "women should not be made to feel self conscious" about their kits.

Similar outrage was seen on social media, where users condemned the official who made the comments.

"The wellbeing of all participants in athletics is of the utmost importance and everyone should feel comfortable to compete and participate in the sport," a spokesperson said.

British shot putter Amelia Stricker went into bat for her compatriot by insisting that such "unnecessary" comments had no place in officiating.

“Female athletes shouldn’t be subjected to such criticism when there is already so much pressure on women to be ‘perfect’,” Sticker said.

“We are there to compete. You don’t like the outfits? Don’t officiate. We don’t need officials adding unnecessary stress in those moments.”

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