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Is there really a lot of sex in the Olympic village? We asked one of Ireland's breakout stars from Rio

Published 26/08/2016 | 18:08

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 23: A bedroom of one of the units within the Olympic and Paralympic Village for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. The Village will host up to 17,200 people amongst athletes and team officials during the Games and up to 6,000 during the Paralympic Games on July 22, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 23: A bedroom of one of the units within the Olympic and Paralympic Village for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. The Village will host up to 17,200 people amongst athletes and team officials during the Games and up to 6,000 during the Paralympic Games on July 22, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

Every four years when the Olympics roll around the same kind of pieces are written.

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You'll read about Michael Phelps' crazy diet.

You'll read about what Premier League footballers can learn from the Olympic spirit.

You'll read about how 'marginal gains' keep the GB cycling team on top.

And, of course, you will hear about the enormous amount of condoms (350,000 this year) stocked at the Olympic village.

They are all interesting topics but that last one seems to pique the interest of readers unlike any other.

350,000 condoms.

Is there REALLY that much sex at the Olympic village?

Well, given that London 2012 was dubbed the 'raunchiest games ever' by one tabloid, and that many features have been written this summer about the use of Tinder in the village, perhaps there is.

Oh, and there was the story of a Brazilian Olympic diving duo having a falling out after one of the ladies was kicked of their shared room so the other could have a 'marathon sex session' with a canoeist.

These titillating anecdotes aren't the norm, however.

We asked Ireland's Scott Evans whether the Olympic village really is as outrageous as it appears.

Sadly, the badminton player, who famously celebrated his historic run to the last 16 by whipping off his top, paints a different picture.

"That is just a story that is just built up before we head off," Evans says.

"Of course there are condom machines all over the place but I've never seen anything crazy going on in the village in the three Olympics that I have been to. There are a lot of single people at the Olympics and once the competitions are over I would presume there is some stuff going on but it's not like they are out in the middle of the grass."

Even Evans' shirtless celebrations weren't enough to break through the focused atmosphere of the Olympic village.

"In the village there are a lot of good looking athletes with athletic bodies so I don't think people paid too much attention to me," he laughs.

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