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Wednesday, August 23, 2000
Even Belgians dress down for Sydney

 BRUSSELS (AP) -- It seems everybody is getting naked for the Sydney games. Even the Belgians are undressing.

 The men's magazine Menzo opened its inaugural issue Wednesday with an array of gleaming Olympic hopefuls and had hurdler Jonathan Nsenga and sprinter Kim Gevaert next to each other in their starting blocks wearing nothing but their spikes.

 Another picture has judo heavyweight Harry Van Barneveld sizing up his equally bare girlfriend Inge Clement, another judoka competing in the lightest class.

 And the four-man rowing team is standing all naked on their training pier, just holding up an oar covering strategic areas.

 Veteran swimmer Brigitte Becue, a former European breaststroke champion, had a fluttering Belgian flag barely covering the essentials.

 Nudity has exploded onto the sports scene lately with stars from Australia to the United States to Europe baring enough to grab the limelight.

 In a sense, it is a throwback to ancient times.

 In Greece, athletics started out with competitors wearing a loincloth, but after it was reported that one athlete won a race because he ripped it off halfway through the race before surging ahead, nudity came in vogue.

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