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Paralympic Athlete Speaks Out After Being Told Her Briefs Were 'Too Short' And 'Inappropriate'

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Paralympic Athlete Speaks Out After Being Told Her Briefs Were 'Too Short' And 'Inappropriate'

Paralympic athlete Olivia Breen has spoken out after an official at the English Championships said her briefs were "too short and inappropriate".

World champion Olivia, 24, who has cerebral palsy, said she was left 'speechless' at the comment. "I am always very grateful for the incredible volunteers who officiate at athletics events," she wrote on social media.

Paralympic athlete Olivia Breen has spoken out after an official at the English Championships said her briefs were "too short and inappropriate" (Credit: Olivia Breen/Twitter)
Paralympic athlete Olivia Breen has spoken out after an official at the English Championships said her briefs were "too short and inappropriate" (Credit: Olivia Breen/Twitter)

"They do an amazing job and make it possible for us to compete. However, tonight I feel quite disappointed because just as I finished my long jump competition at the English Championships, one of the female officials felt it necessary to inform me that my sprint briefs were too short and inappropriate. I was left speechless.

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"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.

Olivia posted a statement on social media (Credit: Olivia Breen)
Olivia posted a statement on social media (Credit: Olivia Breen)

On Twitter, fans and followers were quick to rush to Olivia's defence, with one commenting: "Wow you should be congratulated on your sporting performance, certainly not on your outfit! Shame that woman concerned herself enough on your appearance to share it out loud. Good luck and well done on your achievements."

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While another said: "Sorry you are having to deal with this c**p Olivia. We are all looking forward to seeing you represent GB in Tokyo doing what you do best."

Fans and followers were quick to rush to Olivia's defence (Credit: PA)
Fans and followers were quick to rush to Olivia's defence (Credit: PA)

In response, 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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