Pink, a three-time Grammy Award winner, has expressed her support for the Norwegian women’s handball team following their protest against a “sexist” dress regulation. The 41-year-old musician offered to pay the team’s $1,765.28 European Handball Federation penalties.
“I’m VERY proud of the Norwegian female beach handball team FOR PROTESTING THE VERY SEXIST RULES ABOUT THEIR ‘uniform,'” Pink wrote on Twitter Saturday. “The European handball federation SHOULD BE FINED FOR SEXISM. Good on ya, ladies. I’ll be happy to pay your fines for you. Keep it up.” Pink wrote on her Twitter Page.
The EHF stated that the women competed in “improper clothing” by wearing shorts rather than the required bikini bottoms during the European Beach Handball Championships. The IHF’s rules state that “female athletes must wear bikini bottoms… with a close fit and cut on an upward angle toward the top of the leg. The side width must be of a maximum of 10 centimeters.”
The Norwegian squad was sentenced to pay 150 euros per teammate, or around $1,700.
Katinka Haltvik, a player, revealed that the team chose to change their uniforms at the last minute. “It was very spontaneous. We thought, ‘Let’s just do it now, and then see what happens,'” Haltvik told Norway’s NRK.
Norway’s Handball Federation (NHF) defended their decision, agreeing to pay the fine for each athlete. “I got a message 10 minutes before the match that they would wear the clothing that they were satisfied with. And they got our full support,” NHF President Kåre Geir Lio told NBC News.
“We are very proud of these girls who are at the European Championships in beach handball. They raised their voice and told us that enough is enough,” the organization wrote on Instagram. “We are the Norwegian Handball Federation, and we stand behind you and support you. We will continue to fight to change the international regulations for attire so that players can play in the clothing they are comfortable with.”
President Michael Wiederer of the EHF has since indicated that the organization will reconsider its present dress policy.
“I can confirm that the EHF will do all it can to ensure that a change of athlete uniform regulations can be implemented,” Wiederer 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.”