Spokesperson of the International Handball Federation, Jessica Rockstroh, Told the new York Times Earlier this week that he did not know the reason for the uniform rules, he said, “We are looking into it internally.” He also said that at this time the focus of his organization was on the Olympics, not the uniforms, and that Norway was the only country to have officially complained. “Globally we know that other countries like to play in bikinis, for example, especially in South America,” he said.
The protest and penalty from the Norwegian team comes days before the start of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Beach handball is not one of its sports, but is included in the Summer Youth Olympic Games, the next of which is to be held in Senegal in 2026.
However, a similar sport, beach volleyball, is featured in the Olympics. There, female beach volleyball players can choose to play in shorts and T-shirts as well as bikinis or one-piece bathing suits, according to NBC News.
(E! and NBC News are both part of the NBCUniversal family and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics are currently airing on Peacock.)