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Paralympist Olivia Breen showed what she was wearing on a TV show Tuesday when she was told her sportswear was “too short and inadequate”.
Breen appeared on Sky News showing off the Adidas branded briefs she wore to the English championships when she said a female officer suggested that they were too revealing to wear.
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The 24-year-old recalled the incident on Sunday and told the broadcaster she had just finished one of her last competitions when the officer approached her.
“Basically, this officer came up to me and said, ‘Can I talk to you?’ And I thought: ‘Yeah sure, what’s wrong?’ because I got along very well with all the officials. And she said, ‘Your panties are too revealing. I think you should buy some new shorts, ‘”Breen said.
“I did not know what to say. I just looked speechless. And I just said to her, ‘Are you kidding?’ And she said, ‘No, I think you should consider buying a new pair of shorts.’ And I just looked at my teammate. … I just didn’t know what to say. And she went away. You shouldn’t tell us what we can’t and can’t wear. I’ve been wearing this for nine years. I’ve never had a problem like this. “
Breen showed the show exactly what she was wearing, which didn’t look unusual.
“Personally, I think that the officer should be informed about this because this cannot happen again. …. I think it’s really wrong, ”added Breen.
Breen, who suffers from cerebral palsy, wrote on Twitter on Sunday that she was “disappointed” with the comment.
PARALYMPIAN OLIVIA BREEN “SPEECHLESS” AFTER IT WAS SAYING THE CLOTHING BECAME “TOO SHORT AND INAPPROPRIATE”
“I’m always grateful to the incredible volunteers who run sporting events. They do a great job and enable us to compete,” Berne began.
“Tonight I’m pretty disappointed because just as I was finishing my long jump competition at the English Championships, one of the female officials felt it necessary to tell me that my sprint pants were too short and inadequate.”
She said in her first statement that the remark left her “speechless” and said she had worn the same type of shorts for years and that they were “specially designed for competition”.
“I will hopefully wear them in Tokyo. I wondered if a male competitor would be criticized in a similar way. I hope no other female athletes have had similar problems. I am aware that there must be regulations and guidelines regarding competition equipment, but women. ” shouldn’t worry about what he’s wearing during a competition, but should feel good. “
England Athletics said they are investigating the matter.
Breen said Tuesday she hoped to find out soon if she would represent Britain at the Tokyo Paralympic Games next month.
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She represented Great Britain at the London Games 2012. She won bronze in the 4x100m relay. Since then, she has won gold medals at the 2015 and 2017 World Championships and the 2016 European Championships. While representing Wales, she won gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.