The difference between sporting uniforms for men and women has become an international talking point.
The recent global controversy began with a fine for the Norwegian women’s beach handball team (not an Olympic sport) for breaking clothing rules by wearing shorts rather than “close fit” bikini bottoms. but this has now spilled over into the Olympics.
The Norway national women’s handball team didn’t particularly appreciate a dress code their team was required to follow for the recent European Beach Handball Championships. They didn’t agree with wearing bikini bottoms, but instead wore something that resembled biker shorts.
The players were then fined. The singer Pink has now said she will cover their fine.
The International Handball Federation states that women in the beach game must wear a bikini bottom with a tight-fitting top.
“Women should wear a bikini where the top should be a tight-fitting sports bra with deep openings at the arms. The bottom must not be more than ten centimeters on the sides.”
This is what they have to wear. They say these bottoms make them feel unnecessarily sexualized + uncomfortable when they have their periods and the likes. They will however play in them as long as they are mandatory by the CEV. pic.twitter.com/OYmmS5PyGi— Tradia (@amalieskram) July 15, 2021
Germany’s female gymnasts wore unitards, rather than leotards, for their team qualifying round on Sunday. This wasn’t the first time they wore them but the German Gymnastics Federation said it was done to counteract “sexualization” in the sport.
Simone Biles says she prefers a leotard because she is under 5′ and makes her look taller next to the Germans.
According to the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG), men are allowed to wear shorts but not allowed to wear sequins and women are allowed sequins but not allowed shorts. OK?!
In 2016, the U.S. men’s gymnastics team had a thought to wear less to get more attention on their sport. Sam Mikulak, the four-time, reigning all-around national champion told the Wall Street Journal,
“Maybe compete with our shirts off. People make fun of us for wearing tights. But if they saw how yoked we are maybe that would make a difference.”
Look at all the attention the shirtless guy from Tonga got at the Tokyo Opening Ceremony. These guys train in nothing but shorts.
American gymnast Jake Dalton says.
“We have great physiques, incredible physiques…”
Yes, we have eyes, but the Olympics has rules & dress codes… some women want to be more covered up and some guys want to show it all off.
(Photos, screen grabs, Instagram; via Newsweek)