Olympic competitors will be handed condoms, but only after they have left the Tokyo Games

6th July, 2021.      //   General Interest  // 

At the Tokyo Olympics, the Olympic Village, which is known to be a center for sex and carousing among athletes, will be stripped of its party atmosphere as organizers work to contain the spread of COVID-19.

The athletes will be given condoms, but only after they have left the Tokyo Olympics. Athletes will be allowed to bring alcohol into the village, but only if they are alone in their rooms when they consume it.

condomlympicsSince 1988, when condoms were first distributed during the Olympics to promote awareness of HIV and AIDS, the number of condoms distributed at consecutive Games has risen. From 8,500 during the 1988 Seoul Olympics to 450,000 at the 2016 Rio Olympics, where Brazilian officials hoped to stop the Zika virus from spreading.

In Rio, large green condom vending machines were placed in the food hall and other lounges throughout the Village, maintaining the Olympic village’s reputation and athletes’ activities while they weren’t participating.

“There’s a lot of sex going on,” Hope Solo, a two-time Olympic gold medalist in soccer, told ESPN in 2012 for an article.

In Tokyo, 150,000 condoms will be distributed as a goodbye gift. There are expected to be about 11,000 contestants.

At a press conference, village general manager Takashi Kitajima stated, “The distribution of condoms is not to be used in the community.”

The players will be invited to take the condoms back to their home countries to raise HIV and AIDS awareness, according to Kitajima.