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