London: Federica Pellegrini, one of Italy’s best-known sportswomen, scoffed when her boyfriend and fellow swimmer Filippo Magnini, announced recently that they would refrain from sex during the Games.
“Abstinence! Are you mad?” the Daily Mail quoted her as saying.
Among the athletes, the swimmers are said to be the most amorous.
A record 150,000 condoms (50,000 more than at the last Olympics) have been made available to athletes should they find they still have energy left after competing. That’s 15 each for the duration of the 17-day Games.
According to US women’s football goalkeeper Hope Solo, they are much needed.
“There’s lots of sex going on at the Olympics,” she said.
Recalling the 2008 Beijing Games, she added: “I’ve seen people having sex out in the open, getting down and dirty on grass between buildings.”
Despite the romps circling the games village, there have been few complaints from the athletes and officials about their beds.