paralympic star Olivia breen hits back at an official woman for calling her sprint shorts “inappropriate” … saying women shouldn’t have to feel embarrassed by what they wear during competition.
The 24-year-old two-time world champion says the comment came after the long jump events at the England Championships in Bedford on Sunday… an interaction that left her with a bad taste in her mouth.
“I am always very grateful for the amazing volunteers who officiate at track and field events,” Breen said on Twitter. “They do an amazing job and allow us to compete.”
“However, tonight I am quite disappointed because just as I was finishing my long jump competition at the English Championships, one of the women officials felt it necessary to inform me that my sprint briefs were too short. and inappropriate. “
Breen explained that her shorts are made by Adidas and specially designed for competition… which she has worn for many years.
In fact, Breen – who suffers from cerebral palsy – says she plans to wear the same shorts when she competes for Great Britain at the Tokyo Paralympics in August.
“It made me wonder if a male competitor would be criticized in the same way,” she added. “I hope no other female athlete has had similar issues.”
Breen notes that she is totally fine with having rules and regulations for what people wear at events, but says that “women shouldn’t feel embarrassed about what they wear at the event. competition, but should feel comfortable and at ease “.
Breen said CNN that England Athletics was supportive and in communication with her after the incident… and that she is considering filing a complaint.
England Athletics also released a statement … saying it was investigating the case.
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