International Handball Federation changes 'sexist' uniform regulations following criticism

The International Handball Federation has changed its much-criticized uniform regulations for beach handball, meaning female players will now wear shorts instead of bikini bottoms.

The change comes after the Norwegian women’s beach handball team was fined for wearing shorts in a game against Spain earlier this year.
The European Handball Federation had said the shorts wereimproper clothingin the statement announcing the 1,500 euro (주위에 $ 1,735) 좋아 — 150 유로 ($ 173) per player.
    당시, the team’s coach Eskil Berg Andreassen told CNN that the uniform regulations could discourage women from playing the sport, 과 singer-songwriter Pink slammed the regulations 같이 “성 차별 주의자” and offered to pay the fine on behalf of the Norwegian team.
      The new uniform regulations, which are dated October 3, state thatfemale athletes must wear short tight pants with a close fitand also include tank tops for women, rather than the crop tops stipulated in the old regulations.
        Male players are also instructed to wear tank tops and shorts, although there is no stipulation for the shorts to be tight-fitting as stated in the women’s regulations.
        노르웨이's team line up during 2018 여성's Beach Handball World Cup final against Greece in July 2018.

        Since the fine was imposed on the Norwegian team, handball authorities have been put under considerable pressure to amend their regulations.
          A change.org petition calling for the fine to be dropped and for women to be allowed to compete in shorts gained more than 60,000 서명, while sports ministers from Norway, 덴마크, 핀란드, Iceland and Sweden also called on the IHF to review its uniform policy.
          With those bikinis, we were all the time checking if it’s in the right place. We were focusing on other things than the sportand that’s not something we want,” Julie Aspelund Berg, a defender with Norway’s beach handball team, previously CNN에 말했다.
          We just want to be treated at the same level as the guys.
          The IHF did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment.
            안에 성명서 published in July, the IHF said that itacknowledges the ongoing global discussionregarding uniform regulations, 첨가: “The aim of the IHF is to grow handball and all its disciplines, including beach handball, by making it more diverse and inclusive.
            “수년에 걸쳐, the IHF has launched many projects and initiatives to help achieve this objective, among others by introducing more international competitions and global education programmes for beach handball. This goal is of particular importance as the IHF aims for beach handball to be included in the Olympic programme … [티]he IHF would like to emphasise again that handball athletes are their main asset and within the organisation, the IHF will always listen to what they have to say.

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