Two-time Paralympic world champion receives sexist remarks during competition

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Britain’s two-time Paralympic world champion, Olivia BreenHe had to go through an embarrassing situation during the English Athletics Championship held in Bedford, 74 km from London. The 24-year-old athlete, who competed at the Tokyo Paralympic Games, was told by a referee that her swim trunks were ‘too small and unsuitable’.

Brain, who has cerebral palsy, told Guardian That she was wearing the official Adidas swim tights for 2021. Further, he questioned whether a person would need to hear such comments. “As I finished my long jump competition, one of the officials thought it necessary to inform me that my running briefs were too short and inadequate. I was speechless.”

The athlete, who won bronze at the London 2012 Games, said she has been wearing the same style of sprint swimwear for several years and they have been specifically designed to compete. “I hope I’m using them in Tokyo,” he said.

The British representative of paraathletics is a two-time world champion in two disciplines. In 2015, he won the T35-38 class 4×100 relay at the Dubai edition, and two years later, he won the gold medal in the T38 long jump brawl held in London.

She confirmed to the English newspaper that she intended to make an official complaint to UK Athletics. Your case is not the only one. A former Breen training partner has reported a similar problem to the English Athletics Federation, but has yet to receive a response.

Both were upset that a judge took this approach during a competition in 2021. “I’m really surprised by the number of female athletes or their coaches who have told me about similar incidents happening to them.”

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British shot putter Amelia Stricker supported him, saying that judges making such “unnecessary” remarks should be banned from acting. “We’re there to compete. Don’t like the clothes? Don’t act. We don’t need employees adding unnecessary stress at times like these.”

He added that “athletes should not fall prey to this kind of criticism when they are under so much pressure to be “perfect”. As of now, athletics organizations in the United Kingdom and England have not commented.

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