In this technological age, we are learning more and more about celebrities. Between Twitter, Facebook, and myriad raunchy news agencies, we now have more access to more information than ever. Even behind-the-scenes information about historic traditions is reaching the public eye. The Olympics, often thought of as an historic celebration of athletics, are transforming into a circus reminiscent of Burning Man. Because the public is fascinated by the private lives of the athletes as well as the events themselves, we are now learning more and more about the sexual antics during the games.
Once upon a time, the Olympics were a source of national pride. They were a family event where the entire world would tune in and watch the spectacle. The past few Olympics have had more and more private information reach the public eye. Recently, “The Secret Olympics” reported that the Olympics are filled with drugs and sex. While an anonymous book may not be the most credible source, numerous news sources have reported that over 150,000 condoms were supplied to athletes in the Olympic Village. With approximately 10,500 athletes, this works out to approximately 15 condoms per athlete during the 17 day games. While we should certainly applaud the athletes for being safe and preventing the spread of STDs/STIs, the truth is that the purpose of the games is to encourage athletic competition, aid national pride, and to encourage the notion of being global citizens. While some may argue that having sex with competitors from other countries strengthens “global relations,” it is disgusting to consider that some athletes are obviously placing their sexual escapades at a higher priority than their performance at the games.
Hope Solo, a women’s football goalie, even reported that it is common to see people having sex on the grass between buildings at the Village. While it is prudish and naïve to hope that the Olympic athletes should not engage in sexual activities during the games, it seems perfect reasonable to expect them to have the decency to not have sex in public. In addition to being completely unprofessional, in many first world countries it is illegal to have sex in a public setting. While morality and values mean very different things to different people, it is of interest to note that very few establishments hand out free contraception. Even at the Student Health Service at UCSD, condoms are sold as opposed to being doled out for free. By creating an entitlement state and giving out free condoms, the Olympic Committee has sent the message that public indecency is perfectly acceptable. Despite what many may believe, capitalism has the power to instill morals in a culture. If condoms were sold at the Olympics, it would signify that having safe sex is a responsibility that comes at a cost. The citizens of the host country should not be forced to endure the cost of the athletes’ contraception. There are countless causes more deserving than spending over $50,000 to give professional athletes condoms. In addition, by selling condoms, the IOC would signify that feeling entitled to be able to have sex on the public lawns is unacceptable and possibility instill some morals in the athletes.
Some of the athletes participating in the Olympics are only 16 years old. There is no reason that they should be exposed to the classless culture that the Olympic Village has sunk to. Professional athletes should be expected to uphold the law and represent their countries in a positive manner. While there have been many accounts of athletes having sex in the public areas of the Village, it is fortunate that no photographic nor video affirmation of this has beenleaked to the press. However, unless drastic changes are made, it is inevitable that eventually such trash will begin appearing online and will appear whenever someone Googles the Olympics.
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