July 21st, 2021 – This week the Norwegian Women’s Beach Handball team grabbed headlines while competing at the European Championship, but it was their uniforms, not their play, that got all the attention. Instead of wearing regulation bikini bottoms, the team appeared for their bronze medal match versus Spain, wearing shorts. According to the European Handball Federation, the shorts were “not according to the athlete uniform regulations defined in the IHF beach handle rules of game.”
Regulations state: “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 centimetres on the sides.”
The team was fined 1,500 euros total ($1,700) for “improper clothing,” according to a statement from the European Handball Association’s Disciplinary Commission.