Handball Federation changes rule after bikini row: report

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Athletes competing in tournaments tied to the International Handball Federation will be allowed to wear bike shorts and tank tops during beach competition rather than bikini bottoms—months after an international row that included condemnation from a pop star.

The Guardian newspaper reported that the federation “quietly altered its regulations for beach handball” at some point over the past month.

Last month, five Nordic countries urged the federation “to review uniform rules in accordance with gender equality” after the Norway team was punished for wearing shorts instead of the mandated bikini uniform.

Aardahl Maren Nyland (r) of Norway plays a shot during 2018 Women’s Beach Handball World Cup final against Kerlidi Eleni Ioanna of Greece on July 29, 2018 in Kazan, Russia. (Photo by Ilnar Tukhbatov/Epsilon/Getty Images)
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Dimitri Ntafina (r) of Greece plays a shot during 2018 Women’s Beach Handball World Cup final against Berg Julie Aspelund (l) of Norway on July 29, 2018 in Kazan, Russia. (Photo by Ilnar Tukhbatov/Epsilon/Getty Images)
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In the open letter, the five sports ministers from Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland and Finland “urge the International Handball Federation and other international sports federations to review uniform rules and to allow athletes to be dressed in a way that suits performance and comfort.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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