A Paralympic athlete said she is “disgusted” after being told her sprint outfit was “too revealing.”
Olivia Breen, who represents Great Britain in the Paralympics, said she was “disgusted” after recent comments made to her during a competition. According to a report from ESPN, an England Athletics official told her that her sprint uniform was “inappropriate” and “too revealing” at the England Championships this weekend.
Breen, who has cerebral palsy, took to Instagram with a message. In the post, she published a photo showing what she was wearing. The outfit is hardly “too revealing” and looks like every other sprint outfit worn all across track and field.
“Thank you everyone for all your lovely supportive messages and I’m sorry to hear that it has happened to so many other people,” she said in the post. “Some people have asked what I was competing in yesterday so here is a picture. I don’t think it is ‘objectionable’ within the UKA regulations.”
Here’s the post.
She detailed the incident in a comment to ESPN.
“I just finished my last long jump competition before [Paralympic] selection,” Breen told ESPN. “This official came up to me and said to me: ‘Can I speak to you?’ And she just said, ‘I think your briefs are too revealing. I think you should consider buying some shorts.’
“I was just … I am very expressive, and I didn’t know what to say. So my response was: ‘Are you joking?’
“And she was just like: ‘No, I think you should consider buying a pair of shorts.”
Breen is a double-world champion and will compete in the T38 long jump at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games next month.