A literal breeding ground of lust and debauchery, the untold escapades of the athletes’ village have continuously enticed Olympic spectators. Yet as the IOC announced its intentions to scale back future funding of the lavish villages, in an effort to cut costs, the protagonists have been left decidedly aghast.
The subject of four years of gruelling training and a lifetime of preparation, one would assume the Olympic Village is a spartan concoction of strenuously engrossed athletes. However, in striking contrast, it’s widely acknowledged as a haven of boisterous parties, souping hormones and frolicking dalliances between the intermingling nations.
In fact, the first record at Rio 2016 to be shattered was done so even before the extravagant fireworks of the opening ceremony erupted; 450,000 condoms to be provided for the athletes’ village, to put that into perspective, 42-per athlete. An interminable source of rumours, it’s been likened to ‘the first day at college’ or as Hope Solo, former star and controversial celebrity of the US soccer team, put it, rather more succinctly, “there’s a lot of sex going on.”
Meet Eric, the guy whose job it is to walk around the Olympics with a big sack of condoms pic.twitter.com/wieV9kW0N8
— Rodger Sherman (@rodger_sherman) August 7, 2016
It’s hardly surprising; a private village solely populated by a melange of 10,000 customarily restricted and supremely condition like-minded athletes, all in search of a release from their various intensive pressures. Many have confessed to being unable to resist indulging even prior to their events. Whether it’s “walking for miles trying to sneak somewhere” to avoid curfews as claimed by Amanda Beard, or simply ‘on the grass or between the buildings’ as told by Solo, who are we mere mortals to deny the athletes such guiltless pleasures.
“My last Olympics, I had a girlfriend, big mistake. Now I’m single, so London should be really good. I’m excited,” Ryan Lochte claimed prior to the 2012 Olympics.
Yes, Olympic athletes are using Tinder while in Rio: https://t.co/ibVQLb2DtK
— Complex (@Complex) August 18, 2016
The funding of such opulent conditions has become a source of contempt for event organisers. Four of the six competing cities have subsequently withdrawn their respective bids for the 2024 Olympics due to concerns over the necessary funding of the games; the estimated cost of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics has increased around sixfold. The IOC have suggested scaling down the village’s facilities and offering compensation to nations, who vacate the village once their events have concluded, a notion undoubtedly to the dismay of the revelling athletes.
Is there really anything worthy of criticism surrounding the world’s greatest athletes and their flirtatious interactions. The Olympics boasts an undeniable aura of prestige, regardless of the exploits within the village’s private confines, so heck, if two German bobsledders now infamously attempted to trade their gold medals for ‘explicit favours’, it’s clearly a matter of paramount importance.