Pink offers to pay fines for Norwegian women's beach handball team after they refuse to wear bikini bottoms

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Pink Extends Offer To Pay For Norway’s Women’s Beach Handball Team Fines

Just Jared 25 July, 2021 - 07:00pm

Pink is standing up to an outdated practice that states women’s beach handball teams must wear bikini bottoms during their matches.

The 41-year-old musician and activist is calling out the practice and has offered to pay for the fines that were placed on Norway’s team during the European Beach Handball Championships this past week.

Click inside to see what happened…

The Norwegian team were fined 150 Euros a piece, for a total of 1,500 Euros (around $1766 in US Dollars) for wearing shorts instead of bikini bottoms to play in the European Beach Handball Championships bronze medal match last weekend.

“I’m VERY proud of the Norwegian female beach handball team FOR PROTESTING THE VERY SEXIST RULES ABOUT THEIR ‘uniform’,” Pink wrote on her Twitter. “The European handball federation SHOULD BE FINED FOR SEXISM.”

She later added “Good on ya, ladies. I’ll be happy to pay your fines for you. Keep it up.”

I’m VERY proud of the Norwegian female beach handball team FOR PROTESTING THE VERY SEXIST RULES ABOUT THEIR “uniform”. The European handball federation SHOULD BE FINED FOR SEXISM. Good on ya, ladies. I’ll be happy to pay your fines for you. Keep it up.

— P!nk (@Pink) July 25, 2021

According to the rules, “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.”

However, since the story went viral last week and many called the federation on it, EHF President Michael Wiederer said it was planning to make changes.

“I can confirm that the EHF will do all it can to ensure that a change of athlete uniform regulations can be implemented,” he shared in a statement. “Significant efforts will be made in order to further promote the sport in the best way possible for everyone, regardless of gender.”

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Norwegian Women's Beach Handball Team Reacts to Being Fined for Not Playing in Bikini Bottoms - E! Online Deutschland

E! Online 25 July, 2021 - 06:13pm

"I'm VERY proud of the Norwegian female beach handball team FOR PROTESTING THE VERY SEXIST RULES ABOUT THEIR 'uniform,'" the singer wrote on Twitter. "The European handball federation SHOULD BE FINED FOR SEXISM. Good on ya, ladies. I'll be happy to pay your fines for you. Keep it up."

Keep reading below to read more about why the team decided to take a stand against the rules.

The Norwegian women's beach handball team spiked the uniform rules to protest against alleged sexism and are hoping it will lead to lasting change. 

Earlier this week, the European Handball Federation fined the group 1,500 Euros ($1,765)—or 150 Euros ($177) per player—for wearing shorts instead of the required bikini bottoms during a championship game against Spain at the European Beach Handball Championships in Bulgaria.

In recent days, scores of fans have rallied behind the women over their protest, which they had planned for weeks. 

"Thank you so much for all the support," the team responded on Instagram on Friday, July 23, alongside a photo of the team wearing their uniform shorts. "We really appreciate all the love we have received...You're the best." 

In a statement on July 19, the EHF said, "The Disciplinary Commission at the Beach Handball EURO 2021 has dealt with a case of improper clothing. In the bronze medal game against Spain on Sunday the team of Norway played with shorts that are not according to the Athlete Uniform Regulations defined in the [International Handball Federation's] Beach Handball Rules of the Game."

The latter organization's official rules state that for international matches, "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 centimetres [about 4 inches]."

Meanwhile, men are allowed to wear shorts that are longer "but must remain 10 centimetres above the kneecap" and also cannot be "too baggy."

The Norwegian Handball Federation has rallied behind the women. The group's president, Kåre Geir Lio, told NBC News the EHF had threatened to fine or disqualify the team after they petitioned to wear shorts at the EURO 2021 tournament. The players decided to do it anyway to make a statement.

"It was very spontaneous," player Katinka Haltvik told Norwegian broadcaster NRK. "We thought, 'Let's just do it now, and then see what happens.'"

In addition, earlier this week, two of her teammates, Tonje Lerstad and Julie Aspelund Berg, addressed the controversy on the British talk show Lorraine. They agreed with guest host Ranvir Singh that the bikini bottoms requirement for women was "sexist."

"If the guys can do the sport with a T-shirt and shorts," said Lerstad, "then we should be able to do the exact same sport with the exact same outfit."

"From our federation, there has been a lot of support and I think every other federation as well except the ones who are making the rules," she continued. "So we're so thankful for the support."

Berg said, "Hopefully, we would make a statement now and maybe they will change the rules."

She also said that the team has received support from the Norwegian men's beach handball team and from most other teams from around the world.

I’m VERY proud of the Norwegian female beach handball team FOR PROTESTING THE VERY SEXIST RULES ABOUT THEIR “uniform”. The European handball federation SHOULD BE FINED FOR SEXISM. Good on ya, ladies. I’ll be happy to pay your fines for you. Keep it up.

Lio told NBC News that Norway has campaigned since 2006 for shorts to be officially considered acceptable in beach handball. He also said they planned to submit a motion to change the rules in an extraordinary congress of the IHF in November.

As for their recent championship match, the Norwegian team lost to Spain, 0:2.

"Unfortunately, the European Championship did not end with a medal," the team said in an Instagram post on July 20. "However, we are so happy to have reached our goal of qualifying for the World Championship next year."

The message continued, "We are also very proud about making a statement in the bronze final by playing in shorts instead of required bikini bottoms! We are overwhelmed by the attention and support from all over the world! Thank you so much to all the people who support us and help spread the message! We really hope this will result in a change of this nonsense rule!"

A spokeswoman for the International Handball Federation, Jessica Rockstroh, told The New York Times earlier this week that she did not know the reason for the uniform rules, adding, "We're looking into it internally." She also said her organization's focus at the moment was on the Olympics, not uniforms, and that Norway was the only country that had officially complained. She added, "Globally we know that other countries like to play in bikinis, for example, especially in South America."

The Norwegian team's protest and fine came days before the start of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Beach handball is not one of its sports, but is rather included in the Summer Youth Olympic Games, the next of which is set to be held in Senegal in 2026.

However, a similar sport, beach volleyball, is featured at the Olympics. There, female beach volleyball players can choose to play in shorts and T-shirts, as well as bikinis or one-piece bathing suits, according to NBC News.

(E! and NBC News are both part of the NBCUniversal family and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics are currently airing on Peacock.)

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Norwegian Women's Beach Handball Team Reacts to Being Fined for Not Playing in Bikini Bottoms - E! Online Deutschland

The Washington Post 25 July, 2021 - 06:13pm

"I'm VERY proud of the Norwegian female beach handball team FOR PROTESTING THE VERY SEXIST RULES ABOUT THEIR 'uniform,'" the singer wrote on Twitter. "The European handball federation SHOULD BE FINED FOR SEXISM. Good on ya, ladies. I'll be happy to pay your fines for you. Keep it up."

Keep reading below to read more about why the team decided to take a stand against the rules.

The Norwegian women's beach handball team spiked the uniform rules to protest against alleged sexism and are hoping it will lead to lasting change. 

Earlier this week, the European Handball Federation fined the group 1,500 Euros ($1,765)—or 150 Euros ($177) per player—for wearing shorts instead of the required bikini bottoms during a championship game against Spain at the European Beach Handball Championships in Bulgaria.

In recent days, scores of fans have rallied behind the women over their protest, which they had planned for weeks. 

"Thank you so much for all the support," the team responded on Instagram on Friday, July 23, alongside a photo of the team wearing their uniform shorts. "We really appreciate all the love we have received...You're the best." 

In a statement on July 19, the EHF said, "The Disciplinary Commission at the Beach Handball EURO 2021 has dealt with a case of improper clothing. In the bronze medal game against Spain on Sunday the team of Norway played with shorts that are not according to the Athlete Uniform Regulations defined in the [International Handball Federation's] Beach Handball Rules of the Game."

The latter organization's official rules state that for international matches, "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 centimetres [about 4 inches]."

Meanwhile, men are allowed to wear shorts that are longer "but must remain 10 centimetres above the kneecap" and also cannot be "too baggy."

The Norwegian Handball Federation has rallied behind the women. The group's president, Kåre Geir Lio, told NBC News the EHF had threatened to fine or disqualify the team after they petitioned to wear shorts at the EURO 2021 tournament. The players decided to do it anyway to make a statement.

"It was very spontaneous," player Katinka Haltvik told Norwegian broadcaster NRK. "We thought, 'Let's just do it now, and then see what happens.'"

In addition, earlier this week, two of her teammates, Tonje Lerstad and Julie Aspelund Berg, addressed the controversy on the British talk show Lorraine. They agreed with guest host Ranvir Singh that the bikini bottoms requirement for women was "sexist."

"If the guys can do the sport with a T-shirt and shorts," said Lerstad, "then we should be able to do the exact same sport with the exact same outfit."

"From our federation, there has been a lot of support and I think every other federation as well except the ones who are making the rules," she continued. "So we're so thankful for the support."

Berg said, "Hopefully, we would make a statement now and maybe they will change the rules."

She also said that the team has received support from the Norwegian men's beach handball team and from most other teams from around the world.

I’m VERY proud of the Norwegian female beach handball team FOR PROTESTING THE VERY SEXIST RULES ABOUT THEIR “uniform”. The European handball federation SHOULD BE FINED FOR SEXISM. Good on ya, ladies. I’ll be happy to pay your fines for you. Keep it up.

Lio told NBC News that Norway has campaigned since 2006 for shorts to be officially considered acceptable in beach handball. He also said they planned to submit a motion to change the rules in an extraordinary congress of the IHF in November.

As for their recent championship match, the Norwegian team lost to Spain, 0:2.

"Unfortunately, the European Championship did not end with a medal," the team said in an Instagram post on July 20. "However, we are so happy to have reached our goal of qualifying for the World Championship next year."

The message continued, "We are also very proud about making a statement in the bronze final by playing in shorts instead of required bikini bottoms! We are overwhelmed by the attention and support from all over the world! Thank you so much to all the people who support us and help spread the message! We really hope this will result in a change of this nonsense rule!"

A spokeswoman for the International Handball Federation, Jessica Rockstroh, told The New York Times earlier this week that she did not know the reason for the uniform rules, adding, "We're looking into it internally." She also said her organization's focus at the moment was on the Olympics, not uniforms, and that Norway was the only country that had officially complained. She added, "Globally we know that other countries like to play in bikinis, for example, especially in South America."

The Norwegian team's protest and fine came days before the start of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Beach handball is not one of its sports, but is rather included in the Summer Youth Olympic Games, the next of which is set to be held in Senegal in 2026.

However, a similar sport, beach volleyball, is featured at the Olympics. There, female beach volleyball players can choose to play in shorts and T-shirts, as well as bikinis or one-piece bathing suits, according to NBC News.

(E! and NBC News are both part of the NBCUniversal family and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics are currently airing on Peacock.)

E! Online - Deine Quelle für Promis, Promi News, Klatsch und Tratsch, Gossip, Fashion Trends, Fotos von Stars, TV Serien und aktuelle Kinofilme!

Norwegian Women's Beach Handball Team Reacts to Being Fined for Not Playing in Bikini Bottoms - E! Online Deutschland

CNA 25 July, 2021 - 06:13pm

"I'm VERY proud of the Norwegian female beach handball team FOR PROTESTING THE VERY SEXIST RULES ABOUT THEIR 'uniform,'" the singer wrote on Twitter. "The European handball federation SHOULD BE FINED FOR SEXISM. Good on ya, ladies. I'll be happy to pay your fines for you. Keep it up."

Keep reading below to read more about why the team decided to take a stand against the rules.

The Norwegian women's beach handball team spiked the uniform rules to protest against alleged sexism and are hoping it will lead to lasting change. 

Earlier this week, the European Handball Federation fined the group 1,500 Euros ($1,765)—or 150 Euros ($177) per player—for wearing shorts instead of the required bikini bottoms during a championship game against Spain at the European Beach Handball Championships in Bulgaria.

In recent days, scores of fans have rallied behind the women over their protest, which they had planned for weeks. 

"Thank you so much for all the support," the team responded on Instagram on Friday, July 23, alongside a photo of the team wearing their uniform shorts. "We really appreciate all the love we have received...You're the best." 

In a statement on July 19, the EHF said, "The Disciplinary Commission at the Beach Handball EURO 2021 has dealt with a case of improper clothing. In the bronze medal game against Spain on Sunday the team of Norway played with shorts that are not according to the Athlete Uniform Regulations defined in the [International Handball Federation's] Beach Handball Rules of the Game."

The latter organization's official rules state that for international matches, "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 centimetres [about 4 inches]."

Meanwhile, men are allowed to wear shorts that are longer "but must remain 10 centimetres above the kneecap" and also cannot be "too baggy."

The Norwegian Handball Federation has rallied behind the women. The group's president, Kåre Geir Lio, told NBC News the EHF had threatened to fine or disqualify the team after they petitioned to wear shorts at the EURO 2021 tournament. The players decided to do it anyway to make a statement.

"It was very spontaneous," player Katinka Haltvik told Norwegian broadcaster NRK. "We thought, 'Let's just do it now, and then see what happens.'"

In addition, earlier this week, two of her teammates, Tonje Lerstad and Julie Aspelund Berg, addressed the controversy on the British talk show Lorraine. They agreed with guest host Ranvir Singh that the bikini bottoms requirement for women was "sexist."

"If the guys can do the sport with a T-shirt and shorts," said Lerstad, "then we should be able to do the exact same sport with the exact same outfit."

"From our federation, there has been a lot of support and I think every other federation as well except the ones who are making the rules," she continued. "So we're so thankful for the support."

Berg said, "Hopefully, we would make a statement now and maybe they will change the rules."

She also said that the team has received support from the Norwegian men's beach handball team and from most other teams from around the world.

I’m VERY proud of the Norwegian female beach handball team FOR PROTESTING THE VERY SEXIST RULES ABOUT THEIR “uniform”. The European handball federation SHOULD BE FINED FOR SEXISM. Good on ya, ladies. I’ll be happy to pay your fines for you. Keep it up.

Lio told NBC News that Norway has campaigned since 2006 for shorts to be officially considered acceptable in beach handball. He also said they planned to submit a motion to change the rules in an extraordinary congress of the IHF in November.

As for their recent championship match, the Norwegian team lost to Spain, 0:2.

"Unfortunately, the European Championship did not end with a medal," the team said in an Instagram post on July 20. "However, we are so happy to have reached our goal of qualifying for the World Championship next year."

The message continued, "We are also very proud about making a statement in the bronze final by playing in shorts instead of required bikini bottoms! We are overwhelmed by the attention and support from all over the world! Thank you so much to all the people who support us and help spread the message! We really hope this will result in a change of this nonsense rule!"

A spokeswoman for the International Handball Federation, Jessica Rockstroh, told The New York Times earlier this week that she did not know the reason for the uniform rules, adding, "We're looking into it internally." She also said her organization's focus at the moment was on the Olympics, not uniforms, and that Norway was the only country that had officially complained. She added, "Globally we know that other countries like to play in bikinis, for example, especially in South America."

The Norwegian team's protest and fine came days before the start of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Beach handball is not one of its sports, but is rather included in the Summer Youth Olympic Games, the next of which is set to be held in Senegal in 2026.

However, a similar sport, beach volleyball, is featured at the Olympics. There, female beach volleyball players can choose to play in shorts and T-shirts, as well as bikinis or one-piece bathing suits, according to NBC News.

(E! and NBC News are both part of the NBCUniversal family and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics are currently airing on Peacock.)

E! Online - Deine Quelle für Promis, Promi News, Klatsch und Tratsch, Gossip, Fashion Trends, Fotos von Stars, TV Serien und aktuelle Kinofilme!

Pink Offers to Pay Fine for Norwegian Women's Handball Team Over 'Sexist' Bikini Dress Code

Yahoo Entertainment 25 July, 2021 - 06:07pm

Pink is showing her support for the Norwegian women's handball team after they protested a "sexist" dress code.

The three-time Grammy Award winner, 41, offered to pay the team's $1,765.28 fine imposed by the European Handball Federation. The EHF said the women competed in "improper clothing" when they opted for shorts instead of the mandated bikini bottoms at the European Beach Handball Championships.

"I'm VERY proud of the Norwegian female beach handball team FOR PROTESTING THE VERY SEXIST RULES ABOUT THEIR 'uniform,'" Pink wrote on Twitter Saturday. "The European handball federation SHOULD BE FINED FOR SEXISM. Good on ya, ladies. I'll be happy to pay your fines for you. Keep it up."

The Norwegian team was fined last week after wearing shorts during their bronze medal match against Spain in Varna, Bulgaria, which goes against the International Handball Federation's rules. They were ordered to pay 150 Euros per teammate, for a total of 1,500 Euros (which comes out to approximately $1,700).

I’m VERY proud of the Norwegian female beach handball team FOR PROTESTING THE VERY SEXIST RULES ABOUT THEIR “uniform”. The European handball federation SHOULD BE FINED FOR SEXISM. Good on ya, ladies. I’ll be happy to pay your fines for you. Keep it up.

— P!nk (@Pink) July 25, 2021

According to the IHF's rules, "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."

Player Katinka Haltvik revealed that the team decided last-minute to make the change in their uniforms. "It was very spontaneous. We thought, 'Let's just do it now, and then see what happens,'" Haltvik told Norway's NRK.

Their decision was defended by Norway's Handball Federation (NHF), who agreed to pay the fine for each athlete. "I got a message 10 minutes before the match that they would wear the clothing that they were satisfied with. And they got our full support," NHF President Kåre Geir Lio told NBC News.

"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."

EHF President Michael Wiederer has since announced that the organization will reevaluate the dress code they currently implement.

"I can confirm that the EHF will do all it can to ensure that a change of athlete uniform regulations can be implemented," Wiederer said in a statement. "Significant efforts will be made in order to further promote the sport in the best way possible for everyone, regardless of gender."

Spain ended up winning the bronze medal game, with Germany grabbing gold and Denmark taking silver.

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