Two stars of Norway’s women’s beach handball team appeared on British television to explain the outrage surrounding the recent decision to wear shorts at the European Championships instead of bikinis.
Tonya Lurstaad and Julia Bird both appeared on the popular ‘Lorraine’ show on ITV, explaining how they wanted to make it “in a long time” and wish “make a statement and change the rules.”
The Norwegian team spoke out against their uniforms for the tournament held in Varnia, Bulgaria, last weekend with the main motive being that bikini pants made them feel “sexualization” and uncomfortable for those in their menstrual period.
The Norwegian beach volleyball girls wanted to play in these shorts instead of bikinis, which they found too revealing, but were threatened with fines by the EC tournament organizers if they wore anything that covered more than 10cm of their buttocks. pic.twitter.com/LHSxXz91CM
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EHF regulations emphasize that they will be fined if they cover more than 10cm of the bottom.
As they were getting ready to take on Spain in their final match for bronze, Norway decided to break using shorts, before being fined a total of €1,500 (1,768). dollars) – and already branded “completely absurd” by their Culture and Equality Minister Abid Raja.
Lurstaad explained on the UK TV channel will get support from their federation, and so will others.
“From our federation, there has been a lot of support,” she speaks.
“Every other federation – except those that make the rules – has supported us. We appreciate the support.”
Emphasize that yes “no good reason” to wear a bikini to play beach handball, Lurstaad added: “We’ve just been told that this is the rule.”
“We wanted to develop the sport so that people could feel they wanted to participate.
“Because of this body insecurity, a lot of women just say, ‘No, I don’t want to do this.’ And that’s really sad.”
Bird points out that the men’s team has also been supportive when forced to change.
“People were quite shocked that today’s women in 2021 can’t choose what they want to wear. It’s really overwhelming.” she declared.
“If guys can do it in a t-shirt and shorts, we should be able to do it in the same outfit,” Lurstaad emphasized.