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Another example of the corporation taking precedence over the nation-state:

BRUSSELS, Belgium — Kim Clijsters, the No. 2-ranked player in women's tennis, is pulling out of next summer's Athens Olympics because she will not be allowed to wear apparel from her own sponsor.

In comments on her Web site, Clijsters said Monday she won't take part in the games because the Belgian Olympic Committee prohibits its athletes from wearing apparel not made by team sponsor Adidas.

Clijsters has a deal with the manufacturer Fila which stipulates she can only play in the company's clothing.

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