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Australian Russell Mark May Have to Wear ‘Borat’ Mankini to Olympics Opening Ceremony

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Sacha Baron Cohen’s latest film, ‘The Dictator,’ hits theaters today. But it’s a bizarre and revealing article of swimwear the comic wore in his hit film ‘Borat’ that’s been all over  news.

 

Australian shooter Russell Mark is planning to wear a lime-green mankini — just like the one Borat wore — during the opening ceremony of the London Olympics. And, yes, Mark lost a bet.

Mark, who has a terrific name for a shooter, had said he would wear the “mankini” if his favorite team Carlton lost to St. Kilda in an Australian Football League game. When this happened, he got on Australian radio and owned up to what he would have to do.

Mark, who will be competing in his sixth Olympics, is 48. And that has Australian Olympic officials worried.

“Age is the problem here,” said a spokesman for the team.  ”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 want on to say that Mark, who has previously won a gold medal in the double trap shot, has a chance to be the country’s flag bearer — providing he ditch the lime-green swimsuit.

And if that bribe wasn’t enough, the spokesman had these words of warning: “As we all know the London weather is fickle and we would not want him to catch cold.”

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