Beach Handball Officials Scrap Bikini Rule After Olympics Outcry

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Bikini bottoms are now off the cards for female players after the International Handball Federation decided against its previous ruling…

Female handball players recieved an outpouring of support online following new uniform requirements earlier this year…

And now, women players will no longer be forced to wear skimpy bikini bottoms during games.

At the beginning of the year, The International Handball Federation brought forward a new rule…

As per The New York Times, the IHF stated women players should wear bikini bottoms “with a close fit and cut on an upward angle toward the top of the leg.”

This was challeneged by the Norwegian team at the European Championships, who refused to adhere to the new rules…

They were subsequently fined 1500 euros for wearing “improper clothing.”

According to Reuters, the EHF stated at the time that their shorts were “not according to the Athlete Uniform Regulations defined in the IHF Beach Handball Rules of the game.”

This understandbily caused public outcry, with many taking to social media to share their disgust at EHF.

As a result, a petition was created to change the rules for women’s uniforms, gaining a whopping 61,000 signatures.

Even global superstar, Pink chimed in, offering her support, writing: “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 for your fines. Keep it up.”

Now, thanks to everyone who opposed the new rules, women handball players can wear “short tight pants with a close fit,” as opposed to bikini bottoms.

Talitha Stone, the woman who created the petition to change IHF rules, told Collective Shout: “I hope this is the beginning of the end of sexism and objectification of women and girls in sport, and that in future ALL women and girls will be free to participate in sport without fear of wardrobe malfunctions and sexual harassment!”

It’s definitely a step in the right direction!