In the run-up to the London Olympics, which kick off July 27, a new book has revealed just what goes on at Olympic villages — no matter which country hosts it, it’s always a struggle keeping booze and condoms in ample supply.
According to The Secret Olympics, written by a former British
competitor who chose to be anonymous, organisers supplied 70,000 condoms to athletes at the 2000 Sydney Games. The stockpile ran out in a week.
While alcohol and drugs are banned at Olympic villages, athletes often fill water bottles with booze and smuggle in weed and dope.
While officials don’t condone such behaviour, they don’t condemn it either. “What happens in the Village stays in the Village,” the New York Post quoted the anonymous author as writing.
At the London village, like at all Olympic villages, everything is free, including condoms, stamped with sports-specific logos.
Olympians, however, say the insatiable demand for condoms is a practical joke. “It’s a tradition — taking so many that they have to replace them,” Todd Lodwick, the 35-year-old five-time Olympic Nordic athlete and a two-time gold medallist, said.
A joke or not, Scotland Yard has its guard up as reports claim that London is “set to be flooded with prostitutes” during the Games. According to the Daily Mail, some escort agencies are offering Olympic escorts and ‘gold medal’ services.