Norway’s beach handball team was fined for not wearing mandated bikini bottoms at the European Beach Handball Championships in Varna, Bulgaria.
The European Handball Federation (EHF) announced the fine on Monday, saying Norway had “improper clothing” when its players showed up wearing shorts instead of bikini bottoms in the bronze medal match against Spain. The fine was for 1,500 euros which comes out to $1,767.39 in American dollars.
The EHF’s disciplinary commission said the shorts were “not according to the athlete uniform regulations defined in the IHF (International Handball Federation) beach handball rules of the game.”
Norway’s Handball Federation announced beforehand it would pay for the fine after permission was initially denied. Each player was fined 150 euros apiece to equate to the 1,500 total.
“The EHF is committed to bring this topic forward in the interest of its member federations, however, it must also be said that a change of the rules can only happen at IHF level,” EHF spokesman Andrew Barringer said in a public statement.