Pink helped sparked change at the Olympic Games this weekend after the Norwegian Women’s Beach Handball Team was fined for refusing to wear bikini bottoms in competition.
The women were all fined 1,500 Euros ($1766) for protesting rules surrounding their uniforms. The International Volleyball Federation updated its rules in 2021 stating that athletes competing in the sport at the Olympics can choose to play in bikinis, or one piece bathing suits, or shorts and t-shirts. However, Norway’s Handball Federation had not updated their own rules, and all of the women were fined as a result.
The women chose to wear bicycle shorts, the same shorts they use to train in, for the competition this weekend. Norway’s Handball association said no. They did it anyway and were each fined.
Pink took to Twitter on Saturday to announce that she would be willing to pay the disciplinary fines for every single member of the team for refusing to wear bikini bottoms in competition.
“I’m VERY proud of the Norwegian female beach handball team FOR PROTESTING THE VERY SEXIST RULES ABOUT THEIR ‘uniform,'” wrote Pink. “The European handball federation SHOULD BE FINED FOR SEXISM. Good on ya, ladies. I’ll be happy to pay your fines for you. Keep it up.”
I’m VERY proud of the Norwegian female beach handball team FOR PROTESTING THE VERY SEXIST RULES ABOUT THEIR “uniform”. The European handball federation SHOULD BE FINED FOR SEXISM. Good on ya, ladies. I’ll be happy to pay your fines for you. Keep it up.
— P!nk (@Pink) July 25, 2021
The ladies expressed their gratitude to Pink and everyone who showed their support.
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After Pink’s tweet went viral, EHF President Michael Wiederer, said he would change the requirements for women’s uniforms. “Significant efforts will be made in order to further promote the sport in the best way possible for everyone, regardless of gender. I’m so happy that this was brought to attention because these rules need to change!” Wiederer said in a statement.
EXCELLENT!!! Happy day for women in sports!