International Handball Federation changes 'sexist' uniform regulations following criticism

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

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

The new uniform rules, that are dated October 3, state that “female athletes must wear short tight pants with a close fit” and likewise embody tank tops for ladies, slightly than the crop tops stipulated within the outdated rules.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 girls’s rules.

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

Since the superb was imposed on the Norwegian crew, handball authorities have been put below appreciable stress to amend their rules.

A petition calling for the superb 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 those bikinis, we were all the time checking if it’s in the right place. We were focusing on other things than the sport — and that’s not something we want,” Julie Aspelund Berg, a defender with Norway’s seaside handball crew, beforehand told CNN.

“We just want to be treated at the same level as the guys.”

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

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In a statement revealed in July, the IHF stated that it “acknowledges the ongoing global discussion” relating to uniform rules, including: “The aim of the IHF is to grow handball and all its disciplines, including beach handball, by making it more diverse and inclusive.

“Over the years, the IHF has launched many tasks and initiatives to assist obtain this goal, amongst others by introducing extra worldwide competitions and international training programmes for seaside handball. This aim is of explicit significance because the IHF goals for seaside handball to be included within the Olympic programme … [T]he IHF want to emphasise once more that handball athletes are their foremost asset and inside the organisation, the IHF will at all times hearken to what they must say.”

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

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