Two members of the Norwegian women’s beach handball team — which was fined for wearing shorts instead of bikini bottoms — said in a TV interview Wednesday that there’s “no good reason’ to wear the skimpy attire during competition, according to a report.
The sport’s governing European Handball Federation has confirmed a $1,770 fine — $177 per player — for “improper clothing” in the bronze medal game Sunday against Spain during the European Beach Handball Championships in Bulgaria.
Tonje Lerstad and Julie Berg, two of the players, addressed the controversy in an interview on ITV’s “Lorraine,” telling guest host Ranvir Singh that their country’s federation has received an outpouring of support, the Daily Mail reported.
“Every other federation as well, except the ones making the rules, have supported us. We’re so thankful for the support,” Lerstad said.
The athletes said they had been given “no good reason” for why they had to wear a bikini bottom during play.