Olympic Village Supplies 150,000 Condoms to Athletes, Raising Sex Morality Debate

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By Benge Nsenduluka , CP Reporter
July 19, 2012|4:29 pm

In a controversial move Olympic officials will reportedly provide more than 150,000 condoms to athletes at no cost during the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The record number of condoms will be provided to thousands of athletes from around the world in a bid to promote safe sex. However, while some athletes have supported the cause, critics believe that the effort by Olympic officials actually goes to promote immoral behavior.

"There's a lot of sex going on," women's soccer goalkeeper Hope Solo told ESPN. Adding that in extreme cases she has even seen athletes engaging in sex "right out in the open" in the Olympic Village. She shockingly revealed: "On the grass, between buildings, people are getting down and dirty."

Solo, who became a gold medalist in 2008, claims that the Olympics creates a comfortable environment where athletes feel at home with one another, and this can lead to an increase in sexual behavior.

"Unlike at a bar, it's not awkward to strike up a conversation because you have something in common," Solo said. "It starts with, 'What sport do you play?' All of a sudden, you're fist-bumping."

The news has outraged some members of the public who have expressed their concerns on the Huff Post's comments section.

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"Yuck!!! Since when the Olympics become a "Free Love" commune?" One user known as No More Junk wrote.

"Disgusting! and doing it out in the open is kind of gross. At least have the decency to go into a room," Celina wrote.

"Is Sex now an olympic sport? #nomorals" Phil wrote.

Professional swimmer Ryan Lochte, who will be in London for his third Olympic Games experience, admitted that sexual tensions are higher than most people might expect. He revealed that he believes the vast majority of athletes engage in some form of sexual activity during such an event.

"I'd say it's 70 percent to 75 percent of Olympians," the world record-holding swimmer said. However, he did not seem to see a problem with the liberal sexual behavior, saying: "Hey, sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do."

Thousands of athletes are scheduled to partake in at least one of the 306 events in 26 major sports, and recent comments from professional Volleyball player Shauna Mullin support the theory that the Olympic Games promotes immoral behavior, such as adultery.

''The Olympics is the height of your career, so you might do some things you don't usually do,'' the British beach volleyball player controversially said.

Despite the widespread criticisms John Godina, an Olympic shot putter, admitted that while some athletes are initially focused on hard work they eventually become focused on hard partying, and having "fun."

"Athletes go there focused and once their job is done, they have fun," Godina told ABC. "They don't necessarily go there looking for it, but things happen ... you learn not to ask a lot of questions."

The Summer games are scheduled to begin on July 27 and continue through August 12.

 

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