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Fact Check: Examining Reports on Sweden’s Alleged First-ever Sex Championship

As per reports that surfaced online, the event in Sweden would start on June 8

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Sadaf Hasan
Sadaf Hasan
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SWEDEN: A bizarre news headline is taking the internet by storm this week: Sweden has become the first nation in the world to register sex as a sport and is going to host its first-ever sex championship in June. The news of such an event has gained worldwide attention, sparking curiosity and raising eyebrows. But there is a twist in the story!

Is Sweden really hosting first-ever sex championship?

The news, which first surfaced on Twitter, was covered by multiple media outlets. As per reports that surfaced online, the event in Sweden would start on June 8 and last for several weeks, with contestants battling for six hours each day. 

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“On June 8, the highly anticipated European Sex Championship, which will be happening under the guidance of the Swedish Sex Federation, will be held,” said a news report.

In an article published by another media portal, Dragan Bratych, the chairman of the Swedish Federation of Sex, stated that the recognition of sex as a sport was inevitable and emphasised the potential for both physical and mental well-being through sexual engagement as well as the need for preparation. 

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Bratych stated that getting desired results in sex involves training just like any other sport. He went on to say that, as a result, it is only natural for individuals to begin competing in this domain as well, as published by the Times of India.

The competition, which will span for six weeks, is reported to take place under the guidance of the Swedish sex federation. The surfaced reports also stated that the participants would engage in a variety of sexual acts throughout the 16 disciplines, such as foreplay, endurance, body massages, and more.

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Several reports claim that the competitors in the European Sex Championship engage in physically taxing six-hour sessions each day, with individual battles lasting 45 to 60 minutes. According to reports, 20 contestants from various nations will take part in the tournament. 

Three judges will select the champions, and the crowd will also have an impact on the sex competition results. Their result will be determined on the basis of numerous facets of sexual action. 

The final decision will depend on a number of variables, including the pair’s compatibility, their level of sex education, and their level of endurance, among others, as per the reports.

When our team dug deeper, we noticed that there was no official website for such a contest yet, and major international and European news organisations did not cover the competition or Sweden’s recognition of sex as a sport, which raised our doubts.

Our team took a keen interest in the matter to extract the exact truth, and after doing relevant keyword searches, we landed on an article published by a Swedish media organisation, dated April 26, 2023, reporting that a request to have sex classified as a sport had been denied.

The Swedish media outlet claims that Sweden has a Federation of Sex, and that organisation’s chief, Dragan Bractic, called for the championship to be organised, raising awareness of the effects of sex on people’s physical and mental health.

Bractic submitted the application in January of this year. However, the federation’s request to join the National Sports Confederation was turned down, according to a report from the same Swedish media outlet on April 26.

We also found an article by another Swedish news portal, dated January 19, 2023, which stated that Björn Eriksson, the chief of the national sports federation, has made it clear that sex will not be considered a sport.

“It doesn’t meet our requirements, and I can inform you that this application has been rejected. We have other things to do,” said Eriksson.

As per the Head of Communication and Press for the Swedish Sports Confederation, Anna Setzman, the Swedish Sports Confederation has brought attention to the fact that in some sectors of the worldwide media, the news that a sex federation has become a member of the Swedish Sports Confederation is now being propagated.

It is false information designed to tarnish Swedish sports and Sweden. The Swedish Sports Confederation does not have any sex federations. This is all incorrect information, according to Anna Setzman.

After conducting a thorough fact check, we discovered that the claims suggesting Sweden is hosting a sex championship are unfounded and lack credible evidence. The misinformation appears to have originated from a misinterpretation or deliberate fabrication and has spread primarily through online platforms and social media.

The Swedish government has denied the existence of such an event, and no reputable sources or organisations have reported on it. Sweden’s approach to sexual education and its commitment to ethical practices further reinforce the implausibility of such an event taking place.

In an era where misinformation can spread rapidly, it is crucial to exercise critical thinking and fact-check claims before accepting them as truth. Ensuring that information is reliable and verified is vital for maintaining an informed society.

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