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Handball Officials Are Being Pushed To Resign Over The Bikini Bottoms Ban

Several European women’s sports organizations have called on prominent members of the handball community to resign due to “sexist” rules requiring female players to wear bikini bottoms.
The European Handball Federation (EHF) claimed the fine was enforced because the team was dressed “inappropriately.”
According to a statement from the EHF, the team was fined “150 euros per player, for a total of 1,500 euros.”
Female players must wear “tops and bikini bottoms and eventual accessories,” while male players must wear “tank tops and shorts and eventual accessories,” according to IHF guidelines.
According to the Guardian, Luisa Rizzitelli, the head of Assist, an Italian organization dedicated to defending the rights of female athletes, said of the punishment, “This is a plainly sexist custom that needs to be removed.” The Alice Milliat Foundation in France and Explore Football in Germany have reportedly contacted IHF president Hassan Moustafa and his EHF counterpart, Michail Kovacevic.
The EHF and the IHF “have achieved an embarrassing point of no return regarding their reputation as international sports institutions,” according to the organizations.
“The International Handball Federation (IHF) notes the current global conversation regarding the IHF Beach Handball Athlete Uniform Rules as a result of the Norwegian women’s beach handball team’s protest at the EHF Beach Handball EURO 2021 and appreciates the criticism received from the handball and non-handball communities equally,” the IHF stated in a statement.
“The IHF Beach Handball Working Group’s recommendations, including their uniform suggestions, will be presented to the IHF Council for ratification and unveiled at the IHF Congress in November 2021.”
No IHF beach handball games are scheduled until then, or even in the months following the IHF Congress.” Pop star Pink was among many who backed the team’s protest, stating she was “proud” of the athletes for standing up to “sexist laws,” and that she was “glad” to pay the punishment on their behalf.

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