Maslin Beach Nude Olympics warned to change name by Olympic officials
Melbourne, March 9 : Olympic officials have ordered the iconic Maslin Beach Nude Olympics to stop using the term 'Olympics' in the title.
The Australian Olympic Committee sent a letter to organisers of the January event informing them of the ban.
Event organiser Debbie Pillar said the ban was a "massive overreaction".
Pillar said their event should not be considered as a threat to the Olympcs, as they don't make money out of their name.
The Maslin Beach Nude Olympics has used the name since it started in 1983. The event was cancelled for five years after 2007 because of a lack of sponsorship before being reintroduced this year.
An AOC spokesman said it had sent a "polite letter" to the event organisers warning them to change the name.
"The word Olympic and the Olympic symbols are covered by the Olympic Insignia Protection Act ... they are protected," News.com.au quoted him as saying.
"We are protecting our property just like the AFL, NRL or any other group," he added.