The Worldwide Handball Federation has up to date its guidelines so that ladies will now not be required to play in bikini bottoms, responding to months of stress from feminine gamers and coaches who described the uniform necessities as sexist.
Based on the new rules, which had been revealed Oct. 3 and can go into impact on Jan. 1, “Feminine athletes should put on quick tight pants with a detailed match.” The earlier guidelines for seashore handball required girls to put on bikini bottoms “with a detailed match and minimize on an upward angle towards the highest of the leg.” The edges of the bikini bottoms couldn’t be greater than 4 inches.
The I.H.F., the game’s governing physique, didn’t present a purpose for the change.
In July, Norway’s girls’s handball workforce was fined 1,500 euros (about $1,740) for competing in a championship sport in shorts as an alternative of bikini bottoms, a penalty that drew widespread criticism. Even the singer Pink weighed in, saying that she was pleased with the workforce for protesting the principles and providing to pay the advantageous.
The advantageous towards the Norwegian workforce was delivered simply because the Tokyo Olympics had been beginning, including to a dialogue concerning the double requirements affecting feminine athletes at each degree of competitors in handball and throughout sports activities together with gymnastics, badminton and tennis. In seashore handball, males are allowed to put on shorts so long as 4 inches above their knees so long as they’re “not too dishevelled.”
After groups in Europe and American Samoa pressured the I.H.F. to vary its guidelines, the group’s president, Hassan Moustafa, said in August that it was seemingly that new guidelines could be established.
Mr. Moustafa mentioned in a press release that the federation, which is predicated in Basel, Switzerland, had required feminine gamers to put on bikini bottoms as a result of these had been the principles for seashore volleyball, which is performed on the identical floor.
Kare Geir Lio, the pinnacle of the Norwegian Handball Federation, mentioned on Monday that he was pleased with Norway’s workforce for initiating the change. The ladies, he mentioned, selected the proper second to say, “Sufficient is sufficient.”