Olivia Breen, two-time Paralympic world champion for Britain, said she was “speechless” and “angry” when an English Championships official told her on Sunday that her competition bottles “after the competition”. too small” and “inappropriate”. In the long jump competition.
In Tweet Later, Breen wrote that she had been wearing shorts designed for competition for years and expected to wear similar shorts when competing at the Paralympics in Tokyo next month. After the episode, Breen questioned whether male athletes would be subjected to the same scrutiny, joining an array of Female athletes speaking out against the same double standards Which can result in fines against women.
Breen said it was very hot on Sunday and several male long jump athletes took off their shirts, but no officials contacted them. But after her event, when Breen was chatting with a teammate, she said an official asked her to speak.
“She was just like, ‘I think your briefs are too revealing, and I think you should consider buying a new pair of shorts,'” Breen said. “My first reaction was, ‘Are you kidding?'”
Breen, 24, has cerebral palsy, hearing loss and learning difficulties. She has won gold twice at the IPC World Championships – in the T38 long jump in 2017 and the T35–38 100 m sprint relay in 2015 – and won a bronze medal in the 4 × 100 m relay at the 2012 Paralympic Games.
Breen said lighter briefs – in this case, the Adidas Official Competition 2021 Briefs, which he posted later Photo Online’s – Gave him an advantage. Bottoms complied with the rules, he said, filing a formal complaint to England Athletics, the organization that runs the competition.
Since posting about the episode, Breen said she’s heard from other female athletes who have had similar experiences and said she felt women had a right to feel comfortable when competing.
“It made me so angry,” Breen said. “We shouldn’t be told what we can and cannot wear.”
England Athletics said in a statement that it would investigate the matter.
“The well-being of all participants in athletics is of paramount importance, and everyone should feel comfortable competing and participating in the sport,” the statement said.