At the very first games in 700 B.C., the Olympics had religious overtones and a simple solution to uniforms. There were none. Athletes bound their hands for boxing, but that was about it. Athletes competed nude to ensure that no special gear gave anybody an advantage. That would hardly work in today’s sports environment – broadcast live worldwide. Islam prohibits public nudity, while Christianity and Judaism frown on it. Some religions are ambivalent about public nakedness – every four months, Hindu holy men of the Naga Sadhus sect beg on India’s streets clad in nothing. But many religions, such as the Mormons and the Sikhs, require specific garments to be worn at all times.
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