The European Handball Federation (EHF) stated Monday that it had imposed a tremendous of 1,500 euros ($1,766) — 150 euros ($176) for every participant — on the team for “improper clothes” within the bronze medal sport towards Spain on Sunday.
Meanwhile, males should put on shorts which might be “not too saggy” and 10 centimeters above the kneecap.
The team’s coach Eskil Berg Andreassen informed CNN Tuesday that the uniform rules might discourage girls from enjoying the game.
He stated the team knew there can be a tremendous as a result of that they had been preventing for the appropriate to put on options to bikini bottoms for “a number of years.”
Andreassen stated the uniform rules had been a “tough factor for many gamers,” including: “Maybe they may transfer away from the game, and select one other sport.”
Andreassen stated that the Norwegian team need girls to have the ability to have a alternative of what they put on.
“It ought to be doable to decide on — to not say that they need to play like this. If somebody desires to play in bikini bottoms, they’ve the appropriate to decide on,” he stated.
He additionally warned that the IHF’s uniform rules could possibly be discouraging girls who don’t need to put on bikini briefs, together with these from majority Muslim nations.
“We additionally need to take a choice about Arabic women — how we are able to get extra Arabic women concerned in some of these sport.”
Andreassen stated uniforms that cowl “a lot of the physique” also needs to be allowed to draw girls, not simply in beach handball however in different sports activities like soccer.
“We see in beach handball that women from Arabic nations do fairly effectively — Oman, Kuwait… additionally Pakistan. But we by no means see an Arabic girls’s team, they are not enjoying beach handball,” he stated.
‘Enough is sufficient’
“We at NHF stand behind and assist you. Together we are going to proceed to combat to vary the clothes rules, in order that gamers are allowed to play within the garments they’re comfy with,” the NHF added.
In a joint assertion issued Tuesday, the IHF and EHF stated they “are dedicated to popularising beach handball. All contributions in that respect and measures that can assist the ambitions of this engaging sport are supported.”
The federations stated the subject of feminine uniforms had already been mentioned on the EHF Congress in April 2021, and the matter can be handled by the newly elected Beach Handball Commission in August.
CNN has contacted the EHF and IHF for additional remark.
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CNN’s Li-Lian Ahlskog Hou contributed reporting.