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.
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an in depth match” and in addition embrace tank tops for ladies, reasonably than the crop tops stipulated within the outdated rules.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.
For the reason that tremendous was imposed on the Norwegian crew, handball authorities have been put underneath appreciable stress to amend their rules.
A change.org 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.
“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.
“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.