Norway ski team in controversy over uniform with ‘neo-Nazi’ symbol
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Norway ski team in controversy over uniform with ‘neo-Nazi’ symbol

Sweaters adorned with traditional Tyr rune, which in recent years has been appropriated by extremist Nordic Resistance Movement

A sweater bearing the ancient Nordic Tyr rune, a symbol recently claimed by Scandinavian neo-Nazis (YouTube)
A sweater bearing the ancient Nordic Tyr rune, a symbol recently claimed by Scandinavian neo-Nazis (YouTube)

An old Nordic rune featured on the Norwegian Alpine ski team’s uniform has struck controversy in the country, due to the symbol being claimed by a neo-Nazi group.

The uniform’s chest and shoulder is adorned with a symbol known as the Tyr rune, also the name of a Norse deity.

Unfortunately for the team, the rune has in recent years been adopted by the Scandinavian neo-Nazi group known as the Nordic Resistance Movement, which has held rallies in Sweden and Norway.

Members of the Nordic Resistance Movement (NRM) march on May Day, 2016, in Borlänge, Sweden (YouTube screenshot)

According to the Times, Hilde Midthjell, the chief executive of Dale of Norway which produces the uniform, has decided to ignore neo-Nazis’ use of the symbol and push forward with the design.

“Neo-Nazis have marched with Norwegian flags,” she said. “That does not mean we stop using that, does it?”

The Norwegian Ski Federation said the uniform would not be changed, and suggested players could choose whether to wear it or not. It did organize a second photo shoot of the athletes after the issue was raised. In that session, many no longer wore the Dale sweaters.

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