While the real Olympian go head to head in Rio, a Brazilian beach hosts the nudist version of the Rio Olympics.
The stark-naked games on the dedicated naturist Abrico beach, in the west zone of Rio, are a complete contrast of the rigorous and heavily contested Olympics in Maracana Stadiun in Rio de Janeiro.
The Olympic Games stunt organized by a Naturalist Association group has seen participants engage in volleyball, football and swimming in the icy water.
One of the organizers Elisangela Santiago says “We are giving out medals for all those who are good sports and who participate. The only thing is that you will have to stand on a rock to receive your medal because we don’t have a podium. And we make do with deck chairs for goalposts when we play football.’
Naturist Elisangela, who runs Rio’s Abrico Beach Naturist Association, said: ‘We decided we wanted to enjoy the Olympics in a novel and liberating way that paid tribute to the origins of the sport.
Elisangela insists that nudism on the beach does not mean that people ‘should expect to come looking for sex’.
The nudism section of the beach is partitioned off by huge towering boulders that block the entrance to the naturists stretch.
Our games are all about encouraging people to feel good about themselves and promote a healthy and positive way of living freely and be at one with nature,’ she added.
The area has been used as a skinny-dipping and nude sun-worshippers spot for over 20 years.
But it was through the efforts of die-hard members that Abrico beach was officially designated a clothes-free zone by the Rio government in 2014. The 250 square metre rustic stretch of shoreline is Rio’s first and only nudist beach.