Love Island’s Greg O’Shea lifts lid on strict Olympic village conditions and why athletes don’t get paid

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Greg O'Shea lifted the lid on the strict conditions within the Olympic village – revealing he won't get to watch any of the other events at the games.

The former Love Island winner recently landed in Japan for the 2021 Olympic Games and gave fans a peek into his home for the next month, from his cardboard bed to the 24/7 dining hall.

The rugby star is taking part in the Games with his rugby sevens team, but revealed he won’t be able to watch any of the other action take place, or explore any of the grounds outside of training, due to strict conditions

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In a Q and A with his one million followers on Instagram, the 26-year-old explained: “Unfortunately, it's very restricted over here to prevent mixing and to protect the Olympic athletes but also the Tokyo public.

"We are only allowed outside the village to train and compete.

“I will definitely come back to Tokyo in the future though because I'd love to experience the culture!"

He went on: "At the moment no athletes are allowed go watch any other events.

"I'm so gutted about it but it just wouldn't be safe with Covid.

"If it was allowed I would definitely go see the athletics, gymnastics and diving."

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The Limerick native also lifted the lid on his room share arrangements during the trip, saying:

"I'm sharing with this weirdo @jordan_conroy19.

"I lived with him for 2 years in a hotel because we had to travel for training in Dublin before we both moved up.

"So it's ideal having him as a roomie, we are so used to each other #Bromance."

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As fans quizzed him on his journey, Greg revealed that his travel expenses were covered by Team Ireland, whilst all of the food and drinks at the 24/7 dining hall at the Olympics village is free, and Adidas supplied their kits.

However, the star revealed the athletes won’t get paid anything for taking part in the Games.

He explained: “The Olympics is an amateur event so no athlete gets paid.

“We get paid a small annual sum to play 7s rugby but everyone has a second job to keep themselves going financially.

“We all really just play it for the love of the game and the opportunity to represent Ireland.”

Greg also told he is ‘gutted’ his family can’t be there to support them at the highly anticipated event due to the pandemic, and said ‘it won’t be the same without them’.

He said: “They have travelled all over the world over the last few years on this journey.”

The rugby player, who rose to fame after winning Love Island in 2019 just two weeks after entering the villa as a latecomer also told of his plans for after the Games – including a possible move to the UK and stalling his legal studies.

He said: “The Olympics has been the main goal for years so my mind hasn’t really gone passed this point too much.

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“I’m thinking of possibly moving to the UK to try out some TV and presenting work again because I really enjoy that stuff.

“Also I'd like to provide you guys & girls with more content because I haven’t put any real time into that work.

“This all depends on chatting to the people close to me though and figuring out how I feel after the Olympics and what I really want.”

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