This years’ Rio Olympic athletes might have half-empty stands to complain about, but lack of contraception? Not a chance.
Olympic organisers are distributing 450,000 condoms to athletes and staff, the Associated Press reports. And in the interest of variety, 100,000 of those will be female condoms and 175,000 lubricant packs will also distributed.
The amount is three times more than for the London Games four years ago, according to the International Olympic Committee. And with approximately 10,500 athletes and staff, that’s an Olympic record of roughly 42 condoms per person.
Presuming the athletes are paired with each other and use only one condom per encounter, that’s enough contraception for 84 encounters. That’s a lot of sex.
The IOC insists the condoms would encourage athletes and staff to practice safe sex, with condoms available from vending machines and through a clinic in the athlete’s village, which opens on July 24 before the tournament properly begins on August 5.
Although there’s been no confirmation by Rio organisers, the huge surge in condoms might relate back to Brazil’s Zika virus outbreak. Safe sex is an even higher priority than in previous Olympics as the disease is carried by mosquitoes and can be sexually transmitted.
But the amount of distributed condoms isn’t all that surprising, given the reports of free-wheeling sex and the use of Tinder by athletes in the Olympic villages.
This year, the Australian team is taking no risks. Apparently, it’s traveling with its own supply of anti-viral gel condoms, according to the Australian Olympic team’s website.
Looks like we may be seeing more sex than sport at this years’ Olympics.