Singer-songwriter Pink has got involved in sexism row in sport of beach handball. She has come to aid of the Norwegian women's team after they were fined for not wearing bikini bottoms during 2021 European Beach Handball Championships. The singer has offered to pay fines handed out to Norway's competitors for wearing "improper clothing". Male competitors were allowed to wear shorts, but women were required to wear bikinis. The European Handball Federation (EHF) fined team $1,765 for not complying with regulations. Pink took to Twitter and offered to pay fine. She added that EHF should be fined "for sexism".
The Norwegian Handball Federation president said bikinis were "not appropriate clothing for the activity when the women are playing in sand". The team's request to wear shorts during championships was turned down. Male players were allowed to play in sports shirts and shorts no longer than 10cm above knee; while women were expected to wear midriff-baring tops and bikini bottoms "with close fit and cut on an upward angle toward top of the leg". Norway's Minister of Culture called discriminatory dress rule "antiquated" and "completely ridiculous". It questioned: "How many attitude changes are needed in old-fashioned international patriarchy of sports?"