Australian Olympic shooter Russell Mark will have to wear a lime-green 'mankini' -- made famous by the 2006 'Borat' film - to the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony after losing a bet with his friends over Australian football.
Mark promised his friends via Facebook that if the Melbourne-based Carlton Blues lost to the St. Kilda Saints Monday night, he would wear the skimpy garment to the Olympic games opening ceremony.
On Monday night, Carlton suffered a four goal defeat to the St. Kilda Saints, reported Reuters.
Mark, 48 said he must have been intoxicated when he made the bet on Facebook.
Carlton promise so much and just deliver so little. It kills me, he said on a local radio program according to Reuters.
Anyway, a lot of people would think a mankini might look better than the uniform they've nominated for us, so I don't know if it's such a bad thing.
The 2012 Australian Olympic Team will be wearing a dark green sports jacket and white pants to the opening ceremony.
Australian basketball Lauren Jackson told The Age according to the Sydney Morning Herald that the new uniforms were cool.
It's funky. It's iconic Australia I think. It's classic, but it's modern as well. And when I put it on I felt really proud, she said.
A spokesman for the Australian Olympic Committee said Mark may have problems modeling the iconic 'mankini.'
Age is the problem here. Russell is no spring chicken, his days of being a model are long gone, and we don't think it would be a good look for the team to have Russell in a mankini, the spokesman said according to Reuters.
Besides, this will be his sixth Olympics and he is a chance to be named as flag bearer. Imagine the flag bearer out in front of our team in a mankini. And a big, butch shooter at that.
As we all know the London weather is fickle and we would not want him to catch cold, reported Reuters.
Reportedly, Mark is now trying to get out of wearing the 'mankini' to the 2012 London Olympics.
I made an off the cuff comment, he said according to the Herald Sun. I don't know how I could bow my head to the Queen wearing a mankini.
I have learned to keep my mouth shut, he said.
Mark is a Trap And Double Trap Clay Target Shooter. He won the gold medal in Double Trap at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, and placed silver in the same category in the 2000 Sydney games.
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