AceShowbiz - Pink has offered to cover a fine handed down to the Norwegian women's handball team after they opted to wear shorts instead of bikini bottoms at a competition earlier this year (2021).
The athletes were fined 150 Euros each for not wearing the customary attire to play at the European Beach Handball Championships bronze medal match earlier this month (July 2021), and Pink is impressed by their anti-sexism stance.
"I'm VERY proud of the Norwegian female beach handball team FOR PROTESTING THE VERY SEXIST RULES ABOUT THEIR 'uniform' [sic]," Pink tweeted on Saturday, July 24. "The European handball federation SHOULD BE FINED FOR SEXISM."
She then offered to cover the bill for the entire 10-member team, which would run to about $1,760, adding, "Good on ya, ladies. I'll be happy to pay your fines for you. Keep it up."
According to the current rules, female athletes must wear bikini bottoms "with a close fit and cut on an upward angle toward the top of the leg." Men, however, are allowed to wear shorts as long as four inches above their knees as long as they are "not too baggy."
Since the story went viral, EHF President Michael Wiederer said that officials at the organization are planning to make changes.
"I can confirm that the EHF will do all it can to ensure that a change of athlete uniform regulations can be implemented," he said in a statement. "Significant efforts will be made in order to further promote the sport in the best way possible for everyone, regardless of gender."