• Sex fests and the Olympics

    Conrad M. Cariño

    Conrad M. Cariño

    Many decades back, the Olympics was hardly or never a venue for athletes to flaunt sex appeal. But as training methods for athletes improved and the “hard body” look became prevalent along with skimpy sports outfits, the Olympics suddenly became a venue to exhibit sexy bodies especially among female athletes who were on the top of their game (no pun intended there).

    So when sex fests among athletes competing in the Olympics become news, the usual reaction should be “what else is new?”

    But on Tuesday, the sports pages of yahoo.com ran a news item about two Brazilian female drivers not wanting to compete anymore together because one of them engaged in a “marathon sex” session with a compatriot competing in canoeing.

    Quoting the New York Post, yahoo.com reported that Giovanna Pedroso, 17, claimed she was thrown out of the room she shared with partner Ingrid Oliveira, 20, so the latter could go banging with canoeist Pedro Goncalves. Pedroso, naturally, had no choice but not to bother the two.

    But I was kind of surprised that was the only “sexy” story picked up by yahoo.com and the New York Post because according to time.com, as early as the 1988 Seoul Olympics, athletes were already engaging in sex fests.

    According to time.com, the Olympic Association banned outdoor sex after reports of discarded condoms were being found on roofs of Olympic residences.

    Even during the 2008 Beijing Olympics, sex fests did take place in the country that was supposed to be still conservative with sex given its Maoist past. Let me quote time.com:

    “Former Olympic table tennis player Matthew Syed wrote an article for the Times of London noting that there was a ‘sex fest… right here in Beijing. Olympic athletes have to display an unnatural… level of self-discipline in the build-up to big competitions. How else is this going to manifest itself than with a volcanic release of pent-up hedonism.’”

    There were also hundreds of thousands of condoms made available to Olympic athletes during the Games in Beijing, London, Vancouver and of course, Rio.

    While I will not condemn the sex fests taking place during the Games, it makes me wonder how it has contributed to the watering down of the Olympic’s “purity” over the decades?

    Crass commercialism, politics, steroid use and the dominance of pros in many disciplines and what have you have actually watered down the purity of the Games, which decades back was primarily staged to show who were the best athletes in the world. And most athletes then did not care about the money they made and felt they owed it to their country to bring home a medal.

    Today, athletes who are well-funded by commercial sponsors definitely have a big edge, while the pros have the luxury of getting paid big to excel in their discipline that gives them a huge advantage over amateurs. I mean, what’s exciting over the US

    ”Dream Team” trouncing all cage teams during the Olympics? Or boxing pros knocking the daylights out of the heads of amateur boxers, which may soon become a standard fare in the Games?

    On the more serious side, what if the next Games suddenly see a lot of athletes getting sick with HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis B and venereal disease because the organizers just let the athletes have sex fests?

    Well, maybe the organizers of the Games can choose a Muslim country to host the Olympics so the athletes will “behave” (no pun intended there because I really admire how Muslim countries make their citizens behave).

    Or maybe forget about making condoms readily available to the athletes?

    But stopping sex fests during the Olympics will still not bring back the “purity” that the Games enjoyed many decades back.


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