Paralympic world champion says her shorts are “too revealing”
Britain’s two-time Paralympic World Champion Olivia Breen said she was ‘speechless’ and ‘stunned’ when an England Championships official told her on Sunday that her competition socks were ‘too short’ and “inappropriate” after his competition. in a long jump event.
In one Tweeter Subsequently, Breen wrote that she had been wearing these type of shorts, designed for competition, for years and was hoping to wear similar ones when she competed in the Tokyo Paralympic Games next month. After the episode, Breen wondered if male athletes would be subjected to the same scrutiny, joining a group of female athletes speaking out against uniform double standards that can result in fines against women.
Breen said it was extremely hot on Sunday and many male long jump athletes took off their shirts but were not approached by any officials. But after her event, as Breen chatted with a teammate, she said a manager asked to speak to her.
“She was just like, ‘I think your brief is too revealing, and I think you should consider buying a new pair of shorts,” Breen said. “My first response was, ‘Are you kidding?
Breen, 24, suffers from cerebral palsy, hearing loss and learning difficulties. She won gold twice at the IPC World Championships – in the T38 long jump in 2017 and the T35-38 100-meter sprint relay in 2015 – and bronze in the 4 × 100-meter relay at the 2012 Paralympic Games.
Breen said that the lightweight briefs – in this case the official briefs from the Adidas 2021 competition, that she later posted a Photo of online – gave him an advantage. The socks were in compliance with regulations, she said, adding that she had filed a formal complaint with England Athletics, the organization hosting the competition.
Since the episode’s publication, Breen said she has heard from other female athletes who have had similar experiences and said she believes women have a right to feel comfortable during competition.
“It made me so angry,” Breen said. “We shouldn’t be told what to wear and what we can’t.”
England Athletics said in a statement it would investigate the matter.
“The well-being of all participants in athletics is of the utmost importance, and everyone should feel comfortable competing and participating in the sport,” the statement said.