Norway's women's beach handball team is being fined for wearing shorts during a recent tournament game. The team is seen here after a game in 2018. Ilnar Tukhbatov/Epsilon / Getty Images hide caption
Norway's women's beach handball team is being fined for wearing shorts during a recent tournament game. The team is seen here after a game in 2018.
Athletes on the Norwegian women's beach handball team are being punished for wearing shorts rather than bikini bottoms during a recent game, with the European Handball Federation leveling fines over "a case of improper clothing."
The federation's disciplinary commission imposed a fine of 150 euros per player (around $175) on the 10-member squad. In a joint statement with the International Handball Federation, the officials said "all efforts will be taken in order to further promote the sport. This includes the ideal presentation of the sport and, by that, includes the outfit of the players."
Norway's team gave advance warning to officials at the European Championship that they would wear shorts rather than bikini bottoms when they faced Spain in a bronze-medal game on Sunday. The Norwegians lost that game — but they also said they were proud to make a statement by playing in shorts of bikini bottoms.