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The presidents of the European and the International handball federations are being urged to resign after enforcing different dress codes for female and male teams, The Guardian reports.
The Norwegian women’s beach-handball team were fined $1,760 for wearing shorts instead of bikini bottoms at the European championships in July.
As Insider’s Armani Syed previously reported, female players are required to wear bikini bottoms and tops, while male players are required to wear “tight-fitting tank tops” and longer shorts “that are not too baggy” but “should be 10 centimeters above the kneecap.”
The Guardian reports that seven sporting associations have written a letter to IHF president Hassan Moustafa and EHF president Michael Wiederer, calling for them to resign.
In the letter, they wrote that these federations “have established an embarrassing point of no return regarding their image as international sports institutions,” The Guardian report added.
The publication noted that the associations involved in the letter include Assist, the Alice Milliat Foundation, and Discover Football.
“This is a blatantly sexist custom that needs to be eliminated,” Luisa Rizzitelli, the president of Assist, told The Guardian.
She added that the IHF’s clothing regulations “shouldn’t mean exploiting the body of a woman.”
The IHF and EHF did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
However, the IHF previously addressed the criticism it faced following the fining of the Norwegian women’s team in July, writing as part of a statement on its website: “While alternatives to the current uniform have been already studied and elaborated by the IHF Beach Handball Working Group, the IHF cannot take a decision without analyzing the implementation procedure as well and several steps need to be taken to implement new rules. “
The statement added that any changes to the uniform must be approved by the IHF Council first and then be announced to the IHF Congress and reported to all IHF Member Federations.