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.
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.
Apparently, MSM has determined that the second day of the weekday, Tuesday, or Tiws' day, tirsdag, is now a symbol of the Nazis, as the Nordic god Tiw or Tyr is now declared a Nazi Symbol?#Bolsheviks#Communists#Orwellians#PoliticallyCorrecthttps://t.co/ydOVAgLnRX
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“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.