Nude photographs of Nora Mork were circulated by members of Norway's men's squad.
Nude photographs of Nora Mork were circulated by members of Norway's men's squad.

Handball (yes handball) has its own nude scandal

NORWAY handball star Nora Mork has agreed to return to the national team despite an embarrassing scandal when intimate photos of her were circulated by the men's squad.

The 26-year-old from Oslo, who was top scorer at last year's world championship, had her mobile phone stolen before nude photos of her then went public.

The free-scoring full back felt the Norwegian handball federation had failed to move swiftly, and claimed players in the men's team had the photos for two months before any action was taken.

"We have agreed to put new measures in place to deal with this kind of situation and Nora thinks the measures are sufficient," Norway handball president Kare Geir Lio said after two days of talks with the star.

"Nora says she wants to continue to play for the national team and we are absolutely delighted."

In January Norway's male stars denied ever sharing naked pictures of Mork, saying they deleted the photos when they were sent to their phones.

Captain Bjarte Myrhol said: "It was very important for me to tell her that the whole team was on her side and supported her.

"She was probably depressed then and still is, but we thought it necessary for her to know that we did not share the photos or laugh at her."

The men claimed they were the ones who informed Mork of the hack and were shocked she chose to take the story to the press, The Sun reported.

Centre Sander Sagosen added: "She went to the media to say that we had been looking at the pictures and laughing at her - that's not true.

"It's clear that you do not have a good feeling when the biggest newspaper in Norway says on the cover that you have sexually harassed someone."

Back in January Mork insisted she was forced to go public after senior figures refused to give her enough support.

She said: "I ask for understanding. I am a prisoner of men from the top of the sport who have not helped.

"They are the ones who do not want to give me a public apology and have forced me to bring it to light."

Runners-up to Germany in the 2017 world championships, Mork scored a tournament top tally of 66 goals and has scored 560 times for Norway. She was also a bronze medallist at the 2016 Rio Olympics.


- with The Sun

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