During the ancient Olympics games normally only young men could participate. The sportsmen usually competed nude.
This was due in part to the weather and also because the festival was meant to be a celebration of the achievements of the human body.
Today try to run nude in public and you will get yourself behind bars!
If the IOC wanted a solution to the high temperatures in Beijing Games they might just look at ancient games for an answer!
Wrestlers at ancient games
The practice of running nude ended when the Roman Empire gained power in Greece and introduced Christianity and it’s mannerism.
Emperor Theodosius I proclaimed Christianity the religion of the Empire in AD 393 and banned pagan rites, the Olympic Games were outlawed as a pagan festival.