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The European Handball Federation had stated the shorts have been “improper clothes” within the assertion saying the 1,500 euro (round $1,735) tremendous — 150 euros ($173) per participant.

On the time, the crew’s coach Eskil Berg Andreassen informed CNN that the uniform rules might discourage ladies from taking part in the game, and singer-songwriter Pink slammed the rules as “sexist” and provided to pay the tremendous on behalf of the Norwegian crew.

The brand new uniform rules, that are dated October 3, state that “feminine athletes should put on quick tight pants with an in depth match” and in addition embrace tank tops for ladies, reasonably than the crop tops stipulated within the outdated rules.

Male gamers are additionally instructed to put on tank tops and shorts, though there isn’t a stipulation for the shorts to be tight-fitting as said within the ladies’s rules.

Norway's team line up during 2018 Women's Beach Handball World Cup final against Greece in July 2018.

For the reason that tremendous was imposed on the Norwegian crew, handball authorities have been put underneath appreciable stress to amend their rules.

A petition calling for the tremendous to be dropped and for ladies to be allowed to compete in shorts gained greater than 60,000 signatures, whereas sports activities ministers from Norway, Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Sweden additionally referred to as on the IHF to assessment its uniform coverage.

“With these bikinis, we have been on a regular basis checking if it is in the proper place. We have been specializing in different issues than the game — and that is not one thing we wish,” Julie Aspelund Berg, a defender with Norway’s seashore handball crew, beforehand informed CNN.

“We simply wish to be handled on the identical stage as the fellows.”

The IHF didn’t instantly reply to CNN’s request for remark.

In a assertion revealed in July, the IHF stated that it “acknowledges the continuing world dialogue” concerning uniform rules, including: “The intention of the IHF is to develop handball and all its disciplines, together with seashore handball, by making it extra various and inclusive.

“Over time, the IHF has launched many tasks and initiatives to assist obtain this goal, amongst others by introducing extra worldwide competitions and world training programmes for seashore handball. This purpose is of specific significance because the IHF goals for seashore handball to be included within the Olympic programme … [T]he IHF wish to emphasise once more that handball athletes are their fundamental asset and throughout the organisation, the IHF will all the time hearken to what they need to say.”

CNN’s Amy Woodyatt and Toyin Owoseje contributed to reporting.

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