Beach handball: Nordic sports ministers demand change in uniform rules

Beach handballPhoto/Screenshot: norgeshandballforbund / Instagram

Four Nordic sports ministers have signed a letter asking for a change in the dress code for beach handball.

The letter, signed by ministers from Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Iceland, has been sent to the International Handball Federation (IHF). The ministers call for adjustments in the much-disputed dress code.

Norway’s women’s national team was fined by the European Handball Federation (EHF) when it chose to play in tights instead of bikini-bottoms during this summer’s European Championships. It donated the money to efforts aimed at promoting gender equality in sports. 

Minister of Culture Abid Raja (V) reacted strongly when the Norwegian team was fined this summer.

“The regulations are not only old-fashioned, but I also believe that they are completely off the target and discriminatory. We must have a sport where everyone feels welcome and can be comfortable when practicing their sport. 

“My hope is that this letter, which we have written together, will lead to a lasting change for the female beach handball players,” Raja stated in a press release.

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