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Norway women’s handball team fined €1,500 for refusing to wear skimpy bikini bottoms

Norway women’s handball team fined €1,500 for refusing to wear skimpy bikini bottoms

TAKEitTOrCIRCLEJERK

#rule one


UnfinishedThings

And we have Paralympians being told that their shorts are too skimpy https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2021/jul/19/paralympian-olivia-breen-dismayed-after-being-told-sprint-briefs-too-short


who-waht

This comment from the sprinter is what it comes down to. If she's comfortable in skimpy bottoms and the hand ball team as a group prefer to wear ass covering shorts, the choice of how much skin to cover shouldn't be imposed on them. *In a post on Twitter after the event in Bedford on Sunday, Breen also added: “Women should not be made to feel self-conscious about what they are wearing when competing but should feel comfortable and at ease.”*


aramis34143

"Well, if this event was about athletes, or sports, or dignity, or human achievement, we'd surely agree. But it's not. It's about money. Just ask my bank account." -IOC, various Olympics organizers, corporate sponsors, etc.


schnorgal

THEY USED TO DO SPORTS NAKED IN GREECE! They should be able to wear whatever they want unless it gives them too much of an advantage.


robrobusa

*sad death mech suit noises*


p4y

Now I want giant robot battles as an Olympic sport.


sagevallant

If you want it as a terrible 80s(ish?) Movie of 'Murica vs Big Bad Ruskies, you want Robot Jox.


_far-seeker_

It was the 1990s, and there was nothing terrible about the robot combat! The rest of the film however... ;)


GoingBeyondPlusUltra

Those shoes that are apparently too efficient still make me chuckle.


literated

After having a quick glance at the average Olympian athlete, I hereby request a return to the traditional ways!


_coffee_

Especially for the Winter Olympics!


Daneth

Yeah the only time we should impose regulations on uniforms is when they offer an unfair performance benefit. Like the swimsuits from a few years ago that were objectively better at making a swimmer move through the water, but not all teams had access to them. With that said, if there are zero restrictions on outfits, eventually someone is going to show up in pasties, which will get NBC involved since they might not be able to air the footage in the states. When there's money involved, uniform restrictions will surely follow.


ihadacowman

Safety should be a factor too. Baggy cloths could cause issues in some sports. But no one is going to get injured from the shorts these women wanted to wear.


6138

I think the most logical way of looking at this is to allow the people actually *wearing* the clothes to decide what to wear. If they want to wear something form-fitting, they can, if they don't, they don't have to.


fozziwoo

i suspect wearing form fitting clothing is helpful when your flying through the air, or cutting through the water, if you chose to wear your big baggy pants, it would only be to your detriment. i don't think the drag of your shorts really comes in to play during your average handball match though...


Orcus424

> “I have been wearing the same sprint style briefs for many years and they are specifically designed for competing in,” she added. “I will hopefully be wearing them in Tokyo. It made me question whether a male competitor would be similarly criticised.” They weren't even some special shorts.


M3ttl3r

Came to say that...the articles are 2 inches apart on Yahoo. I'm not sure why the dress code is so restrictive....if it's not enhancing their performance who cares.


TyrantJester

because despite it being the Olympics, performance isn't relevant to those in charge.


RadBadTad

Money. Viewership. Viewers want to see sexy women in tiny bikinis, and "yucky" people covered up.


Valac_

It's exactly this probably 80%+ of the viewership of womens Beach volleyball is men who want to see super fit women jumping around in bikinis. The NBA had the opposite problem when they made their uniforms more baggy women stopped watching as much.


Nasapigs

I doubt women make up nearly as much as a percentage of viewers in comparison, though.


StamosAndFriends

I agree with your point about women’s beach volleyball viewership, but do you have a source on NBA uniforms and women viewership? That doesn’t seem likely at all


l337hackzor

It enhances male viewer numbers. It's the same reason why all female sports have short bottom requirements. Tennis, track sports, Beach volley ball... I think even golf made headlines a few years ago for it. I'm a little surprised they don't have women hockey, rugby, soccer and football players running around in mini skirts and v-necks. It's obviously dumb to have dress codes that are about making the player show more skin for sexual reasons.


snake47

>I'm a little surprised they don't have women hockey, rugby, soccer and football players running around in mini skirts and v-necks. Guessing you haven't heard of the LFL....


l337hackzor

Oh wow, no I never heard of it. That's insane. I'm a straight guy and I don't find that appealing at all. I mean sure I find them attractive but the fact they are playing football in that outfit has nothing to do with that. I'd really like to see the men play in outfits like this (basically just speedos and shoulder pads). Since women don't need anything else why would the men? Also because football is seen as masculine it would be fun to watch mens reactions of practically naked men tackling each other. I don't watch or care about football so that might be part of it lol.


SorryScratch2755

greco-roman sports are WWE here.(homosexual operas)


sebrahestur

> 2 inches apart Or about half the maximum amount of their ass the Norwegian team would have been allowed to cover without getting fined


notsocleanuser

Moral of these stories: let people wear what they want as long as it doesn’t give them a sporting advantage! Rules like these are so dumb.


percydaman

Pretty dumb. *"It made me question whether a male competitor would be similarly criticised.”* I had to chuckle at this though. Last I checked, male competitors don't wear those same bottoms.


SmokeGSU

Men's volleyballers should come out in force and wear g-strings and no bikini waxes.


eNonsense

I think the woman's volleyballers should protest by coming out in bikini bottoms without bikini waxes, with bush overflowing. See if the Olympic goons try to institute a mandatory shaving rule. Really expose the real ulterior motives of these people.


exscapegoat

I think the EHF officials should be made to play in the bikini bottoms. Or a Borat style bathing suit could be an acceptable alternative. I wasn't surprised to see on the website that most of the key officials of the EHF are men. We can't really simulate the menstrual anxiety this outfit would cause, but let's make the officials literally show their asses and worry about manscaping, in addition to their athletic performance.


triggerhappymidget

>We can't really simulate the menstrual anxiety this outfit would cause I coach my middle school's girls soccer team and we got new uniforms from the district 5 or 6 years ago. I had no say in the uniform. My girls had no say in the uniform. It was the district athletic director who ordered them. He ordered uniforms with fucking white shorts. For 11-14 year old girls. Fuck that. I bought a bunch of cheap black shorts with my own money because middle school girls do not need to be worrying about white shorts on top of everything else.


Townscent

I just think that women(and Men) should be able to freely wear any bathing/beach attire they want if they want to hold any Beach aesthetic to the game. want to play in [bhurkini](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burkini) go ahead and try and fit your junk in that. want to go old school with the classic striped 1900's style, why not.


Wiggy_0000

What I don’t get is the indoor version of the SAME sport has uniforms like basketball sort of. Why would you make separate rules for the same sport. I mean I get maybe a tank because you’re outside it’s hot but forcing an athlete to show half of their assess while playing their professional sport. Not cool.


Jam_Dev

Probably looked at the growth in popularity of beach volleyball and the role the skimpy outfits played in that. Sex sells as they say. Ridiculous to make it mandatory and might be a climb down on the policy after all the negative coverage but can see the reasoning behind it.


Elerion_

Also - indoor women’s handball is a big sport in the few countries that care about it, and attracts a lot of audiences and sponsors regardless of clothing. I wasn’t even aware sand handball existed before this controversy. It’s dumb as all hell, but I think you’re on the right track as to why they made the decision.


Chiliconkarma

It's Scandinavian Hockey, they could play in any costume that didn't hinder movement horribly.


precinctomega

"Negative coverage" is everyone's problem in this story.


UnionRags17

I see what you did there.


MantisToeBoggsinMD

The coverage doesn’t seem to make a difference for female athletes. I feel like I see them get blown off and thrown under the bus by the media constantly. The negative publicity just doesn’t seem to matter.


reallybadpotatofarm

The women themselves are laughed at. And their bodies are leered at. Feminism is popular for a reason.


delrio_gw

People forget quickly. There was a lot of noise at 2012 Olympics in London because it was quite cold to be wearing so little. Public moved on very quickly once the games were over though.


IronOreBetty

Make men's volleyball players wear thongs. Ratings will not go down.


Bobasaurus25

Incoming all those complaints from droves of big gruff dudes claiming they used to be super into men's volleyball. "There were 2 things in my life. God and men's volleyball! Don't make me choose!" - big definitely straight dude


animalcrossing_mayor

Sometimes blatant and egregious sexism has a very sexist justification (usually to the benefit of men), yes.


Nicolay77

Sand.


iworkallday

Maybe they should compare with the para-athlete sprinter/long jumper who’s just been rebuked for the exact opposite…


Rosebunse

Why do they have to wear bikini bottoms? Why is that a requirement?


Sajomir

Ratings


fredy31

I always find funny that RDS (Quebec version of TSN, major sports only network) shows, every summer olympics, only the finals of the males tournament, but pretty sure they show every single match of the womans tournament when the bracket stage starts. Yeah, beach volleyball is definitely not there mostly for the eye candy for guys right? And well, this fine for not short enough shorts is just... confirming what I think.


bryansj

Just think of the rating if they didn't wear bottoms.


agangofoldwomen

Bring back the old school Olympic attire of wearing literally nothing at all!


Spackleberry

*Nothing at all!* *Nothing at all!* *Nothing at all!*


wildarfwildarf

*Stupid sexy Theagenes*


AdrenIsTheDarkLord

Fuck, now I’m picturing Usain Bolt running nude, his dick flapping around at like 1000 rpm


brucebrowde

Wait, you can see their ankles?


mycatissodarncute

I've seen (online) AND heard a lot of men saying "this is the only reason why anyone would watch women play sports". I heard those statement throughout my life but they still come up! In 2021!


Pied_Piper_

I am a man and proud owner of NC Courage season tickets. Can’t wait to see some of the women from our team in the Olympics. I will continue to buy season tickets no matter what kit they choose to wear. I’m gonna just have to get comfortable in new styles should they ever choose something particularly skimpy, but I’ll wear the bikini bottoms one year if that’s what I need to have a current kit!!


AlanFromRochester

Another straight guy here who doesn't get it either. Sports or not I want to keep titillation separate, revealing costumes on some Star Trek women come to mind as another example, it gets ridiculous


meatchariot

I'm the opposite. I wish everything were sexier, male and female, at all times. I want it all to be ridiculous, like latin TV ridiculous. Like Jojos bizarre adventure ridiculous. I want to go into the dentist and have this ripped shirtless guy stick his hands in my mouth while a busty hygienist thrusts her boobs into view. I want the president oiled and glistening, I want weathermen in boxer briefs gyrating with the warm fronts coming in, I want policewomen to strut down their beats in pumps, harassing hot hobos sunbathing doing calisthenics. This is my dream.


ThePsiGuard

*Anime opening plays*


kempez2

I didn't know how much I wanted this until you described it.


ErikTheAngry

>This is my wet dream.


PurringWolverine

I think you know exactly why.


myusernamebarelyfits

I wanna see skimpy bottoms but only if the athletes chose to wear them.


Rosebunse

That is fair.


cupcakegiraffe

I actually had to fight my high school to let me wear regular spandex shorts instead of spandex booty shorts for volleyball. My mom had to get involved, and everything! They tried to give me some BS excuse as to why it’s not allowed for me to cover a few more inches of my skin.


italia06823834

Meanwhile the school's classroom dress code probably had a *minimum* length for shorts.


APassionatePoet

Oh yes, they most definitely did. As someone who got out of high school in the past few years, the track and volleyball outfits were booty-short level and allowed in school while I knew girls with bigger chests were getting dress-coded multiple times for wearing a regular v-neck. We all thought it was ridiculous


wolfmanpraxis

So ~~they~~ my HS banned skirts shorter than fingertip extended length. But our Cheerleaders and Kickline team wore their uniforms on game days...they were mini-skirts that barely covered their butts. And if you didnt wear your uniform during the school day, you didnt get to participate in the half time show or competitions that day. It was asinine


aneasyfix

What cheek to display such assinine behavior!


pot88888888s

Thank god you won :) Yeah that's BS.


CrashandCern

They’re lucky you didn’t go to the media. I’m sure that would have gone well for them.


slipd

So absurd. What was their excuse?


birthdaycakefig

We can’t change the rules, we only make them and enforce them.


Lonely_Northling

Last I heard they didn't get fined, they got threatened with disqualification so they backed down. They were willing to pay the fine for their athletes to feel more comfortable, but weren't willing to get disqualified.


HoosDare

Last I heard...like 5 seconds ago while reading the article...that was true.


Lonely_Northling

Yeah, doesn't the article seem to contradict the headline? Am I missing something here?


PMyourGenes

The VOLLEYBALL team was threatened with disqualifying if they wore shorts so the HANDBALL team played in shorts as a protest and were fined. Bottom line: women should use whatever they feel comfortable using and the rulebooks should be changed.


Yummier

No, it was all the same team. Beach handball. The team applied to play in tights/shorts during the group stages, but were threatened with fines. Said "okay, we're willing to pay the cost". Since that obviously wasn't enough to stop them, the team were then told it could lead to disqualification. This forced their hand to play in bikini bottoms if they wanted to compete. They went with shorts in their last match of the tournament, the bronze final, because then it wouldn't matter for them if they got disqualified anyway. Source (in Norwegian): https://www.nrk.no/sport/ble-tvunget-til-a-spille-i-truser_-na-demonstrerer-kvinnene-mot-regelen-1.15579528


rabbitlion

I think the confusion is that most people hand no idea beach handball ~~were part of the olympics, or even that it~~ existed.


Talidel

I'll be honest this chain has left me very confused about if we're talking about Volleyball


yngvizzle

They planned to do it in the first match but was threatened with disqualification so they didn't go through with it, then once they were in the bronze final, they played in the shorts instead off the bikini bottoms and got fined for "inappropriate clothing"...


Hirokage

That is just crazy to me. Do the short in some way give them an advantage? If anything more restrictive clothing would give a disadvantage (not that shorts would be much different). If they want to add sexy sports to the Olympics, just add a pole dancing event, and let these girls wear what they want to wear.


homingmissile

It's not restrictive in the slightest. Proof: Men at even the highest tiers don't wear speedos for a competitive edge.


Rivenaleem

>Do the short in some way give them an advantage? Yes, it makes them feel less like a commodity for the organizers, and more like the athletes they are. They are a lot more comfortable and better able to focus on their game instead of possibly being self conscious.


nomadyesglad

They played their last macht in shorts


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TangoDeltaFoxtrot

Wo*


robhol

That sentence needs more than that to make sense.


otter_pickles

Nein it doesn’t


rongvk83

>Last I heard they didn't get fined, they got threatened with disqualification Well, yes, it's literally in the article.


FlyingFox86

That's considerably worse.


raw-squid7

Basically the same thing - they still had to pay a fine just to not wear bikini bottoms during the game


FlyChi2020

Those bikini bottoms are ridiculously small


mrtn17

And for some reason, guys aren't obliged to play in tight speedos and crop tops.


gitpusher

Go on


Meior

Mankinis.


Smitty7242

There's literally not a single viable argument to be made in favor of forcing them to wear those bottoms


philosifer

TV ratings bringing in ad revenue. Its not good enough to objectify these women but it's why it's in place


SparkyMountain

Make the judges and refs where the same required "uniform" while on duty.


philosifer

Even more ratings!


Twenty3charactersor

Make the IOC attend the games wearing the enforced uniforms!


mobappbrowse

Spectators, too. Including the ones watching on TV.


philosifer

I'm down to do my part


MonarchistLib

Monayyyyyy


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nonsense_inspector

This is nonsense. They have real, sensible reasons to want to wear the shorts. Unless it poses a threat to their or other's safety, they should be allowed to wear whatever makes them comfortable and perform their best. *The other solution:* Make it mandatory for men's teams to wear speedos and no shirts.


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planelander

Men should wear them too, wait for a nut to hand watch the rule change.


-JudeanPeoplesFront-

Now that everyone is wearing skimpy outfits new rule should state that anyone on the rule committees should wear nothing but fishnet bodysuit and none of the threads should cover more than 5% of skin over a 3 inch skin area. The chairperson of the rules comitee will have to forego this outfit when the official meetings are in session. I'm sorry, but those are just the rules. Sex sells so lets sell all of them.


saadakhtar

Can they wear long heels? Please make them wear heels.


Mysterious_Andy

Borat thongs!


MrNudeGuy

I’m bi and have been saying the same thing lol make it the same for all sports. I want to see runners in those shorts that show cheek and high hipped swimmers that the water polo girls wear. I think it’s genuinely fine if the athletes themselves choose to wear that stuff but threatening fines and disqualifications is what’s going to ruin it for everyone else.


McCourt

For blatantly sexist reasons: in islamic countries, the rules REQUIRE modest clothes (skirts, if you can believe it). In any case, it's about what male spectators want, not what is best for the athletes.


LaReineAnglaise53

The first olympians exercised in mandatory nakedness...


PM_ME_UR_POKIES_GIRL

Ratings would go through the roof.


McCourt

BRING BACK NUDE PANKRATION NOW!


Vio_

The first Olympians were also all men.


stormy2587

I agree. The only rules around international sports about clothing should be in regards to safety and fair competition (like if exclusive access to certain clothing gave an unfair advantage).


remotetissuepaper

Ratings.


ultitaria

(money)


JuuzoLenz

I don't blame them for not wanting to wear those outfits. When I did cross country in high school, there was always a few teams who's girls had skimpy bikini bottoms on instead of shorts (by the way I am a guy plus my school didn't do this to the girls). I remember feeling back for those runners as it had to have been so uncomfortable wearing that outfit, not to mention it gets cold during the cross country season so they are probably freezing on the starting lines.


tallkotte

I was reading this halfway through thinking “cross country” is an activity performed on snow. Damn, skiing in bikini bottoms, that’s hardcore!


JuuzoLenz

well there is crosscountry skiing, but if this applied to that, I think the coaches/heads of the school's sports division would be fined/arrested for endangering the lives of students.


orangeconman-aphobe

The rules need to change where the judges must wear banana hammocks and fuzzy house shoes at all matches. And moving forward, the Rule making authority should be forced to wear latex body suits with see through panels.


HDC3

Why the fuck does it matter what type of shorts they are wearing? I like the bikini bottoms but it's not my bottom and it's none of my business. Unless they're concealing a mecha suit inside their shorts that gives them an advantage let them wear whatever the fuck they want.


LeakySkylight

Men are allowed to wear shorts. It's just the women that have to do this.


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jdhobbsuk

They should. When a bollock flops out mid-game, they'll stop fining the women's team for wearing longer shorts.


schubidubiduba

Now we're asking the real questions!


jibberish13

They should all get giant merkins to wear under the bikini. Ones that stick out on all sides. Maybe add a tampon string hanging out in there. Make those pervs regret ever trying to sexualize them.


Y0ren

You're grossly underestimating pervs I'm afraid.


-Apocralypse-

I would wear XXL hygiëne products in my bikini bottom, with wings. Just to spite them with their own stupid rules. First one to pull down to check if I am actually having a monthly period gets more than a fine. I wear longsleeved bathing suits because I have shitty sunlight allergies. I would be extremely uncomfortable in such a teeny weeny bikini. There are more reasons than one not to want to wear such tiny revealing clothes and just one to force it.


armaadi

As a guy, if I were on the men's team, I would wear a banana hammock to show how stupid this is.


thefringeseanmachine

as a guy, every time I scored a point I would thrust my banana hammock towards the judge, just to let him know what he's dealing with. (I mean, not much, but it's the principle of the thing.)


armaadi

:score point: :face judge: :wigglewigglewigglewiggleyeah:


Rabster46

funny enough, in beach volleyball women have a maximum size clothing, men a minimal size.


americasweetheart

Or a red string dangling out the bottom. Or just stop shaving. I love it. Let's brainstorm.


YoMommaHere

Just think of the wedgies! Ugh! And I’m with you on the sanitary products. I’m showing the string dangling!


exscapegoat

Yes, the sun exposure is a very valid health issue. Would they get fined if they made their tampon strings visible and stopped grooming/removing pubic hair? I think the men who mandated this (checked the EHF website, most of the key figures are men) should be forced to play in those bikini bottoms. See how much they can concentrate on the game with their ass hanging out and worrying about the manscape.


Lolllamaworm

>just one to force it. Exploitation


BloodlustyGummybear

It's obviously an important rule for the sport (for a number of reason which I will not address). Therefore, it should be applied to the men's league as well. Because obviously we'd we sexist hypocrites if it only applied to women. The men's athletes deserve every ounce of gain offered by the superior "skimpy bikini bottom". \#bananahammockedge


jazzwhiz

Also men are not allowed to wear shorts that are too baggy. If a dude wants to compete in hammer pants or a lady wants to compete in a burqa they should be able to! Imagine how much more thorough of a thrashing it would be. "Not only did I kick your ass, I did it with garbage bags around my legs!"


Joka16Red

Crazy how within the last 100 years, women were fined at beaches if their swimwear/bikinis were too high above their knees. This article says their fined if more than 10cm of their ass is covered. Should we expect beach volleyball to be played in thongs and nipple tassels soon??


jdhobbsuk

The men's team should wear the skimpy outfits. Those fining them will soon change their tune when a bollock flops out mid-game and the broadcasters get thousands in fines for public nudity.


xanthraxoid

This is bloody stupid. I appreciate the aesthetic value of svelte ladies in flattering outfits as much as the next chap, but to make it a rule of a *sport* is just ludicrous! What's the alleged justification for this? If I feel the need to see attractive ladies in swimsuits or bikinis or whatever, I can find that very easily without needing to bring sports into the equation. Is the idea that people will watch a sport because they're too lecherous to cope without barely-clothed women, but repressed enough that they have to pretend they're watching sports? Is the justification that these horny/ashamed people need to be brought in for viewing figures? Honestly, that *is* degrading. If these women wanted to be swimsuit models, I suspect they would have no difficulty getting that job, but they're athletes, presumably because they *want to be athletes*. At least when "restaurants" have a provocative dress code for their waitresses there's the alternative of being a waitress elsewhere, but if the entire sport is in this context, then it's coercion of a pretty disgusting kind. Jeepers.


toinoudubois

Disqualified by who? There s like a bunch of old man deciding this kind of stuff ? Go off


God_Damnit_Nappa

If only Reddit threads had an article attached to them... >The team asked the European Handball Federation for permission to play in shorts ahead of the European Championship, but were told the breaches of the rules were punishable by fines. >"We accepted that. However, just before the match we were told that we will be disqualified if we play like that. So we had to go with the bikini bottoms.


v-_-v

> There s like a bunch of old man deciding this kind of stuff It's always a bunch of old men deciding these kinds of things. Just look at abortion laws in southern states.


DemiserofD

Actually, no. In this case, 9/10 of the members of the deciding board, as well as the chairwoman, are women.


pope_georgeringo

Wondering if there’s an actual legitimate reason for this. Going thru the rules it kind of seems like they want to make every aspect of the game uniform aesthetically speaking, but this seems... arbitrary.


AEuropeanVision

The legitimate reason is TV money.


wenasi

Considering the male clothing requirements are a lot less strict I doubt there's a sports related reason


rBeowulf

of course there is a legitimate reason, to look at their asses... ​ ​ ^(/s)


DudeGuyBor

Which is still possible for those people, with the tight fitting shorts the players wanted to wear anyways... the girls should definitely get to play in what they feel comfortable with, since neither of those options (or anything in a similar realm) seem to impact gameplay. The guys dress code dictates for 'not too baggy shorts', so, deviating even more from this dress code doesnt sound like it's a performance concern


exscapegoat

And there's the practical stuff, imagine having to make sure your tampon strings are safely tucked away (and some women have heavier periods which require a panti liner or pad in addition to the tampon), you've pubic groomed sufficiently so there are no stray hairs showing and having to rub sunscreen on your ass in public.


bigrockBIGmoney

Personally, I would just wear granny panties underneath. Watch that baggy fabric bunch up and hang out.


followupquestion

If there was, the men would have similar requirements. They don’t. This is purely for a lecherous gaze to fall upon female athletes.


Ephemeral_Wolf

Who is the snot eating individual who noticed this and thought "yeah, I think going after them for this minor and stupid infraction is a good idea"??


LeakySkylight

This is actually part of gymnastics. You get docked points for having clothing that is not tightly fitting and revealing. For instance you lose points for showing underwear lines. Completely ridiculous and asinine. Worse yet is that gymnastics is full of children. Men and women are not treated the same either. There is a strong critical need for some asinine reason to be extra critical of women in the field. It all originates from ideals we had decades ago, and it really needs to end.


IntentionalTexan

Meanwhile at IOC headquarters: Old guy - "I don't get it. Half of them don't like us criticising revealing clothing and the other half don't like mandatory revealing clothing . It's almost like women don't want us to have anything to do with what they wear." Everyone Else - "Yeah! How are you not getting this?"


coolhandave

Let them wear what they want.


Active_Remove1617

This is why the Olympics is finished. That and COVID. That and the fact that a blind and deaf Olympian couldn’t bring her assistant with her. That and the fact that it’s entirely corrupt. That and ..


itsLeems

All together now. Fuck the IOC


GrowsomeBiggies

If women have to wear it, so do men. None of you dudes have a problem with that, right?


camg78

Worth it. I hope their federation backs them up and pays the fines going forward. I love the bathing suits and how they look but if the men get to wear shorts down to their knees.....fair is fair this is a competition. I do wonder if the woman start wearing shorts or whatever if ratings will start going down. I think that would say a ton about our societies....


LeakySkylight

Gymnastics is this. You get points deducted from your routine if they can see your underwear lines. It's disgusting, and completely downplays the point that somebody's been training their entire life for extremely difficult Athletics.


Self-Aware

And those are usually minors IIRC. Gymnastics is very much a young person's sport, which is probably not helped by the whole "must be pervable" shite.


kevinds

>President of the Norwegian Handball Federation Kare Geir Lio backed the players. >"Of course we would pay any fine," he said, according to the Herald Sun. "We are all in the same boat. The most important thing is to have equipment that athletes are comfortable with.


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Wiggy_0000

Their national federation is covering it, as they too think it’s equally ridiculous.


Dan-68

Good. I would have contributed to a gofundme


ender323

They were ready to pay the fine, it was only 50 bucks per player. But they were threatened with disqualification so they wore the bikinis.


MTKintsugi

50 euros each player, each game


ender323

Yup, still a reasonably affordable amount for a national team. The point is that they understood the penalty for breaking the uniform rules and were willing to accept that and pay the fine.


djlemma

I can maybe sorta understand sponsors treating their athletes like models and expecting them to wear certain things as a contractual obligation.. But having skimpy attire written into the rules seems like some pretty high level BS. Obviously having rules about attire can be important.. Reminds me of the [full-body suits being banned in swimming.](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LZR_Racer#FINA_rule_changes) But I don't think these handball players were getting some massive performance boost from wearing less skimpy outfits.


5th_degree_burns

If I had a dollar from every creeper that's said, "I only watch the Olympics for volleyball" I would have a sizeable pile of dollars.


rabbitpiet

i’d imagine the olympics would too


XxNatanelxX

Yes, and these people actually get said pile. Hence why it's done.


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$1,500 fine for not showing enough skin. I didn't know this was the pole dance event.


gheiminfantry

This is completely fucked up. Blatant objectification of women in sports by the governing body. The entire commission should be forced to resign and be banned from women's sports.


Abbhrsn

I think so long as it doesn't give a competitive advantage and isn't exposing anything that's gonna get them banned from television they should be aloud to wear whatever the hell they want..lol, but that's just me.


realworldeditor

Most sports have strict rules for uniforms. Change these rules now! These unnecessarily skimpy bottoms serve no purpose for athleticism.


Blablablubbl

It‘s about time someone challenges this.


HoogerMan

They played in the shorts they were comfortable with for the final and got a fine. The reason? “Inappropriate attire”


TheoBoy007

Of course they were. For goodness sakes, we can’t interfere with the soft porn their video provides. /s My daughter quit volleyball in the 8th grade because she hated the shorts the girls were forced to wear. I was an assistant coach for her team and (also) quit when she left the team.


HRHArgyll

That’s obscene and an absolute disgrace.


FantasticTitsand

What the hell? How is this even an argument to you guys? This is wrong! We are having this conversation ? There's no way, you can justify this! It's wrong! They did the right thing! I support them, anyone would!


Illmatic98058

Yeah these are world class athletes, they have more important things to focus on than looking sexy for the people. Its the Olympics for God's sakes, let them wear some pants.


Kellypeckham

Regulate that the men have to wear thongs and see how quickly the rules change.


ReluctantSlayer

As someone who loves a girl in a bikini, I would never force someone to wear one. I don’t want to wear one either.


rolmega

"I demand aggressive arousal with my sport!" - Those in charge of the fine, lol


A7omicDog

I remember people threw a fit because Michael Phelps' body outfit actually made him less buoyant than other swimmers. If the outfit doesn't affect performance then the rules-makers can f&ck right off.


ZOMGsheikh

I never understood the need for female athletes to wear bikini bottoms or skirts. They would be more comfortable in regular sportswear same as guys while performing their sports rather than being nervous during their play if the bottoms is in the right position or no or if some weird ass photographer takin some extra close shots.


Theearthhasnoedges

What a gross and stupid power trip. That's all this is.


MrRemoto

Part of me is really impressed and supportive of this. They are absolutely right that the uniforms are overly sexualized and, really, degrading for these athletes that are the absolute top level in their discipline. There is clearly no health, safety, or athletic benefit to having a skimpy, revealing undergarment for a uniform. Also part of me will miss the bums.