The Norwegian women’s beach handball team had to pay a fine of 1500 euros (150 euros per player) for not being “properly dressed”. At the time, the case re-fueled the debate about sexism in sport. The team from Norway protested against the existing dress code in the game for third place. Instead of the prescribed, tight bikini shorts, they wore cycling shorts. The women wanted to be able to wear the clothes in which they felt comfortable.
That even called on US singer Pink, who offered to pay the fine and was proud of the Norwegians for defying “the very sexist rules”. Ministers from Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden and Iceland also had them IHF urged to reconsider their gender equality rules. Women must now wear “short, tight pants with a body-hugging fit”, men are not allowed to wear shorts that are “too wide”, but they must end ten centimeters above the knee. Here, too, one could still read out differences.