During the Olympic Games, athletes from all over the world come together and live under one housing centre called the Olympic village. This is the place where they socialise and get to know one another—sometimes in more intimate ways than others. Sex is an integral part of every individual’s life and a German athlete has revealed that it also a big part of life in the Olympic village.
Abstaining from sex
In the 2020 Sydney Games, it was disclosed that 100,000 condoms were used by the athletes, and this year—despite the organising committee’s supposed anti-sex stance—International Business Times reported that 160,000 condoms were being handed out to competitors with a message that requested athletes to abstain from sex until they returned home. The organisers said in a statement to Japan Today:
Our intent and goal is not for athletes to use the condoms at the Olympic Village, but to help with awareness by taking them back to their own countries.
Sex culture in the village
But former Olympian, Susan Tiedtke says that their efforts will be futile as ‘sex is always a concern in the village.’ She said in conversation with German tabloid Bild:
The sex ban is a big joke to me, it doesn't work at all.
Athletes are at their physical peak at the Olympics. When the competition is over, they want to release their energy.
She talked about the culture that has been established within the village in which parties, alcohol, and sex are a part of everyday life. She added:
After the competition... the housemates were accommodating if you needed the room to yourself. You could always hear each other's 'party', sometimes you could hardly sleep.
There is one 'party' after another, and then the alcohol comes in. It's common for some people to have sex, and there are a lot of athletes who strive for that.