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Bouncy in Beijing

india Updated: Aug 21, 2008 22:24 IST

Have a field day while playing the field. This seems to be motto of many Olympic participants in the Games Village. This explains why the 100,000 condoms on offer are rapidly moving from shelves to sheets. And who can blame those aspiring to break the highest, fastest, longest records if they want to carry on practising during break hours? Many hope to make hay while the gold sun shines but many others will have to be content with just a roll in the hay. The medal, we gather, is a magnet for the opposite sex.

For weeks now, the Village has been a raging crucible of hormones. Many of the sports are, well, physical in the extreme. So it is no surprise that all that grappling, heaving and impolite noises spill over into the game rooms. Strangers rushing to kiss you after superlative performances or even to console you can be quite heady, we understand. And as you know, one thing leads to another.

When the Olympic flame is doused, the ardour of many will go the same way. And it is back to home base minus the Fatal Attraction possibility. For the Chinese government that has taken a heartwarming interest in the sex lives of its citizens, this lovefest must be a bit daunting. Chinese officials are bound to heave a sigh of relief once all the heaving and sighing is over. Perhaps they feel that it’s better to be red than in bed.