Women’s Sports Team Fined For Refusing To Wear Mandatory Bikini Bottoms During Competition

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Norwegian Women’s Handball Team is receiving an outpouring of support after being fined $1,700 for “improper clothing” at the European Beach Handball Championships. This, because they wore shorts instead of bikini bottoms.

According to the rules set by the International Handball Federation, women are required to wear bikini bottoms when they are competing. Although Norway’s Handball Federation announced it would pay the fine for their players, the bikini issue has been debated in beach sports circles for years as some players find wearing them degrading or simply impractical.

People are sounding off on the fine. One person tweeting, “I never understood how anyone could play in bikini bottoms. Good for them! I hope other teams follow suit. It’s a sexist rule and only seems to exist for the enjoyment of men.” Another saying, “The only way to balance this is to fine the men’s team for not wearing bikini bottoms.”

Our question of the night: should the bikini rule be changed?

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