Paralympian Olivia Breen showed on TV on Tuesday what she was wearing when she said she was told her sportswear was “too short and inappropriate”.
Breen appeared on Sky News and showed off the Adidas branded briefs she wore at the England Championships when she said an official woman suggested what she was wearing was too revealing.
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Recalling Sunday’s incident, the 24-year-old told the station that she had just finished one of her last competitions when the official came to see her.
“Basically this official came up to me and said, ‘Can I talk to you?’ And I was like, ‘Yeah sure, what’s up?’ because I got along pretty well with all the officials. And she said to me, “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, ‘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 did not know what to say. And she left. You shouldn’t tell us what we can’t and can wear. I’ve been wearing this for nine years. I have never had a problem like this before. “
Breen showed on the show exactly what she was wearing, which didn’t seem out of the ordinary.
“Personally, I think the official should be educated on this because it can’t happen again. … I think it’s really bad, ”added Breen.
Breen, who suffers from cerebral palsy, wrote on Twitter Sunday that she was “disappointed” by the remark.
PARALYMPIAN OLIVIA BREEN “WITHOUT A SPEECH” AFTER BEING SAID THE DRESS WAS “TOO MUCH AND INAPPROPRIATE”
“I am always grateful for the amazing volunteers who run the sporting events. They do an amazing job and allow us to compete, ”began Breen’s statement.
“However, tonight I’m 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. “
She said in her initial statement that she was left “speechless” by the remark and said she has been wearing the same type of shorts for years and they are “specially designed for competition”.
“I hope I will wear them in Tokyo. It made me wonder if a male competitor would be criticized in the same way. I hope no other female athlete has had similar issues. I recognize that there must be regulations and guidelines regarding the competition kit, but women should not be aware of what they are wearing when competing, but should be comfortable. “
England Athletics said he was investigating the case.
Breen said on Tuesday she hoped to know soon whether she would represent Great Britain at the Tokyo Paralympics next month.
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She represented Great Britain at the London Games in 2012. She won bronze in the 4x100m relay. She has since captured 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.