Norway's female volleyball team is refusing to wear bikini bottoms during the Olympic Games in Tokyo this summer.
Players opted for shorts instead of bikini bottoms during a match against Spain at the European Beach Handball Championship in Bulgaria, July 18th, and subsequently face a fine for their actions...
This has caused outrage on social media after a photograph of the event went viral. In it, you can see the players of the Norwegian national team from Beach volleyball asking to be able to wear a much more comfortable outfit.
The Norwegian beach volleyball girls wanted to play in these shorts instead of in bikini bottoms which they found too revealing but were threatened by the EC tournament organizer with fines if they wore anything covering more than 10cm of their butts pic.twitter.com/LHSxXz91CM
— Tradia (@amalieskram) July 15, 2021
The women are seen wearing lycra pants with a top, which allows them to have more of their bodies covered to replace the usual bikinis and compete without feeling sexualized. However, the Federation of their country has denied their request, which has provoked a lot of criticism.
The Norwegian federation has since stated that it will pay a fine for the girls, which could be up to fifty euros per player, for their violation of a certain regulation.
According to the Daily Mail, Norwegian Handball Federation president Kare Geir Lio spoke to AFP, saying: "Of course we would pay any fine. We are all in the same boat. The most important thing is to have equipment that athletes are comfortable with."
The European Handball Federation is aware of the situation but is yet to decide on the consequences of their actions.
EHF spokesman Andrew Barringer said: "The EHF is committed to bringing this topic forward in the interest of its member federations, however, it must also be said that a change of the rules can only happen at IHF level."
2 German volleyball players previously hit the headlines after they refused to compete in Qatar because they wouldn't be allowed to wear bikini bottoms.
Karla Borger said at the time: "We are there to do our job, but we are being prevented from wearing our work clothes.
"This is really the only country and the only tournament where a government tells us how to do our job - we are criticizing that."
Last month, Serbian volleyball player, Sanja Djurdjevic was suspended for making a racist "slant-eyed" gesture at the game during an FIVB Volleyball Women's Nations League match.
She has now been benched for 2 games and her federation has been fined 20,000 Swiss francs ($28,872).
The governing body said in a statement: "The FIVB disciplinary panel subcommittee, which is the independent body competent to impose disciplinary sanctions within FIVB competitions, has found that Ms. Sanja Djurdjevic, a player of the Serbia women's national volleyball team, violated the FIVB disciplinary regulations following a gesture made during the Volleyball Nations League (VNL) 2021 match between Serbia and Thailand on 1 June 2021.
"Ms. Sanja Djurdjevic has received a 2-match suspension. The player will serve her match suspensions during the VNL 2021 matches and will therefore miss Serbia's match on 8 and 12 June 2021 against Belgium and Canada respectively. In addition, the Volleyball Federation of Serbia has been fined CHF 20.000."
What do you think about the dress code for the women's sport?