Pink, the American pop artist, has offered to pay the fine imposed on the Norwegian female beach handball team for wearing shorts instead of the obligatory bikini bottoms. Pink stated on social media Saturday that she was “extremely proud” of the squad for standing up to the regulation that prohibited them from wearing shorts like their male colleagues.
Norway’s female team was fined 1,500 euros ($1,770 US) during the European Beach Handball Championships in Bulgaria last week for what the European organisation called inappropriate attire and “a violation of garment standards.” Women are required to wear bikini bottoms, while males must wear shorts.
The Norwegian Handball Federation did not fight the judgement, which was seen unjust by the Norwegian team and numerous others, and had previously said that it was willing to pay the punishment. The European Handball Federation (EHF) recognised the uproar caused by the event in media outlets and on social media on Monday.
It stated that the Norwegian team’s payment will be donated to “a significant international sports charity that advocates equality for women and girls in sports. We are very aware of the attention the topic has received in recent days, and while changes cannot happen overnight, we are fully committed that something good comes out of this situation right now, which is why the EHF has donated the fine to a good cause promoting equality in sports,” said EHF president Michael Wiederer in a statement.
In other aspects, he says, handball is already ahead of other sports, such as the parity of men’s and women’s competitions. He saw that this happened faster in beach handball than in soccer. The Norwegian women uploaded a photo of themselves wearing shorts on Instagram and told their followers: “Thank you very much for all of your help. We are overwhelmed by the outpouring of support.”