World champion Paralympian 'speechless' over comments her briefs were ‘too short’

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Photo credit: Ashley Allen - Getty Images
Photo credit: Ashley Allen - Getty Images
  • Double world champion Paralympian Olivia Breen was 'speechless' following comments about her sprinting briefs.

  • She was told by an official that they were 'too short and inappropriate'.

Olivia Breen was competing at the English Championships on Sunday when she was told her race-day kit was too revealing.

Taking to Twitter after the event, the 24-year-old sprinter and long jumper said, 'I am always grateful for the incredible volunteers who officiate at athletics events. They do an amazing job and make it possible for us to compete. However, tonight I feel disappointed because just as I finished my long jump competition, one of the female officials felt it necessary to inform me that my sprint briefs were too short and inappropriate. I was left speechless.

'I have been wearing the same sprint style briefs for many years and they are specifically designed for competing in. I will hopefully be wearing them in Tokyo. It made me question whether a male competitor would be similarly criticised. I hope no other female athletes had similar issues.

'I recognise that there needs to be regulations and guidelines in relation to competition kit but women should not be made to feel self conscious about what they are wearing when competing but should feel comfortable and at ease.'

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Breen, who won world championship gold in 2015 and 2017, and also won a bronze medal at the London 2012 Paralympics, confirmed that she would be making an official complaint to UK Athletics.

An England Athletics spokesperson said: 'We are aware of the post and will be investigating as a matter of urgency. The wellbeing of all participants in athletics is of the utmost importance and everyone should feel comfortable to compete and participate in the sport.'

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