Tokyo Olympics Organizers to Hand Out Free Condoms After the Games


Athletes will have to find another way to get it on while inside the Olympic Village as Tokyo Games organizers announced they are only giving condoms after the event.

Restrictions inside the village: Speaking at a press conference, Takashi Kitajima, the village’s general manager, said the condoms are not to be used inside the village, according to USA Today.

  • The decision is one of the safety measures established by organizers to control the spread of COVID-19.
  • Athletes must submit a list of people they plan to visit regularly while inside the village, such as coaches, physiotherapists, and team members, Vice reported.
  • Visiting people who have not been included on their lists may lead to punishments ranging from warnings to disqualifications.
  • In the dining hall, athletes must stay 2 meters (6.6 feet) away from each other and wear masks when they are not drinking or eating.

Condoms for everyone: The Olympics started handing out condoms in 1988 as a way to raise awareness of HIV and AIDS.

  • The number of distributed condoms grew exponentially from 8,500 at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul to 450,000 at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Slate reported.
  • There is “a lot of sex going on” in the Olympic Village, American former soccer goalkeeper and two-time Olympic gold medalist Hope Solo told ESPN in 2012.
  • American swimmer and 12-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte speculated that around “70 percent to 75 percent of Olympians” have sex during the Olympics.

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