Pink Offers to Pay Fine for Norwegian Women’s Beach Handball Team in Protest Against ‘Sexist’ Uniforms

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Pink is standing in solidarity with the women of Norway’s beach handball team this week, offering both her support and finances to make a statement on their behalf.

Last week, For Every Mom shared about the Norwegian Women’s Beach Handball Team who was fined for wearing spandex shorts instead of the required bikini bottoms in their bronze medal match at the European Beach Handball Championships last Sunday.

As a result, the European Handball Federation fined the team a total of 1,500 Euros for their decision to protest the uniforms

The decision and punishment went viral, and upon learning of the team’s protest, Pink took to Twitter in support of the Norwegian Women, and their call for a change in the sport’s regulations.

“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,” the singer wrote in a tweet on Saturday. “Good on ya, ladies. I’ll be happy to pay your fines for you. Keep it up.”

Pink wasn’t the only celebrity to share their support. Tennis great Billie Jean King also tweeted about the bikini bottoms, writing, “The sexualization of women athletes must stop.”

According to the International Handball Federation, “women should wear a bikini where the top should be a tight-fitting sports bra with deep openings at the arms. The bottom must not be more than ten centimeters on the sides.”

While women are forced to play the sport with fully exposed midriffs and less than four inches of fabric covering their hip bones, men are allowed to compete in tank tops and shorts that measure four inches above the knee, as long as they are “not too baggy.”

Kare Geir Lio, head of the Norwegian Handball Federation stood in full support of the team’s protest and said the organization would pay the fine on the team’s behalf. He said Norway has repeatedly complained about the bikini bottom requirement to the international federation since 2006. “Nothing has happened.”

“It’s unfair. Money and fines should not be part of the discussion,” said French national team manager, Valérie Nicolas, who also supported the Norwegian’s decision to protest.

Nicolas emphasized that changes in regulation are absolutely necessary.

“We have lost players due to the suits. The players tell me they are uncomfortable, feel naked, and watched. It is a sport with a lot of movement and you are hindered by the bikini. There is also discomfort associated with menstruation, and not least religion,” he explained.

After the protest went viral and garnered the attention of people far and wide, European Handball Federation President Michael Wiederer said he would try to change the rules surrounding women’s uniforms in the sport.

“I can confirm that the EHF will do all it can to ensure that a change of athlete uniform regulations can be implemented,” he 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,” he continued.


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