The grammy-winning pop star, Pink, is furious with the European Handball Federation, and she doesn’t care who knows. Her anger and frustration with the federation stems from a fine that the Norwegian women’s handball team received for wearing compression shorts instead of the mandated bikini bottoms during the European Beach Handball Championships. The EHF claimed that this was “improper clothing” and fined the team 1,500 Euros, or roughly, $1,700. Despite the financial penalty, the Norwegian women’s team still brought home the bronze medal against Spain.
On Saturday, the singer/songwriter took her disappointment with the federation to Twitter, stating, “I’m VERY proud of the Norwegian female beach handball team FOR PROTESTING THE VERY SEXIST RULES ABOUT THEIR ‘uniform’.”
She even offered to pay the team’s fine and stated that the EHF should be the one that receives a fine for its sexism.
“Good on ya, ladies,” Pink added. “Keep it up.”
The International Handball Federation requires women to wear bikini bottoms that are “close fit and cut on an upward angle toward the top of the leg. The side width must be of a maximum of 10 centimeters.”
Even though both the EHF and IHF disapproved of the team’s uniform change, Norway’s Handball Federation backed their women completely.
“I got a message 10 minutes before the match that they would wear the clothing that they were satisfied with. And they got our full support,” NHF President Kåre Geir Lio explained to NBC News.
Not Everyone Agrees with Pink’s Stance on Handball Uniforms
Since the Norwegian women’s handball team received the fine, women all over the world of sports have voiced their opinions on the matter. And while most agree that the rather exposing clothing mandate is sexist, there is another side to the story.
Or at least, that’s what Olympic beach volleyball player and silver medalist Jennifer Kessy explained.
The London athlete recently spoke to Today following the IHF incident. While she firmly believes the best uniform is the one you’re most comfortable in, she makes a case for the bikini bottoms, too.
First, Kessy tackles the language around the controversial uniform, opting to irradiate the term “bikini bottom” from all sand-centered sports.
“Let’s call them competition suits or competition gear,” the Olympic athlete suggested.
When it comes to the actual practicality of the suit, Kessy claimed that a bikini-style uniform was most effective for her.
“Playing in a one-piece was never comfortable for me. It was restricting and limited my movements — imagine diving chest first and lodging more sand than you care to think down the front of your suit,” Kessy explained. Shorts, too, were uncomfortable for the medal-winning Olympiad.
With the two-piece, Kessy found she had more freedom to move. However, she recognized that every athlete has different needs and comfort levels.
“It’s totally a personal choice,” Kessy shared. “Players should be able to wear what they want and what makes them perform the best — and for me it was a bikini.”