Paralympian "speechless" after briefs called "too short and inappropriate"

Team GB Paralympian Olivia Breen was left "speechless" after being told her sprint briefs were "too short and inappropriate".

The double world champion, who won gold in the T35-38 4x100m in 2015 and then the T38 long jump two years later, was competing at the English Championships when an official made the remark.

Breen, 24, has cerebral palsy and questioned whether a male competitor would face the same questions after finishing the long jump in Bedford on Sunday.

"I am always very grateful for the incredible volunteers who officiate at athletics events," she wrote on 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. 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."

A spokesperson for England Athletics 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."

Breen, who also won T38 long jump gold for Wales at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, will compete for Team GB at next month's Paralympics.

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