Olympic athletes still get condoms – despite COVID rules in Tokyo

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While the pandemic will impact many of the Olympics, the condom tradition shall go on.

160,000 condoms will be handed out to the more than 11,000 expected athletes in Tokyo during this year’s Olympics, even as a state of emergency has been declared.

However, they will not be given out until the conclusion of the Games, as the Olympic Village — which has previously been a hotspot for sex among athletes residing in close quarters — will be under intense restrictions to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Instead of being used, game organizers are saying that the condoms are intended to be taken home and used to raise awareness for HIV and AIDS.

“The distribution of condoms is not to use in the village,” Olympic village manager Takashi Kitajima said.

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Condom vending maching
In Rio 2016, There Was A Condom Vending Machine For Athletes.
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Hundreds of thousands of free condoms have been given out at the Olympics since the Seoul 1988 Games to encourage safe sex.

“There’s a lot of sex going on,” two-time gold medal-winning American soccer goalie Hope Solo told ESPN in 2012. “I’ve seen people having sex right out in the open. On the grass, between buildings, people are getting down and dirty.”

“I’m running a friggin’ brothel in the Olympic Village! I’ve never witnessed so much debauchery in my entire life,” added American rifle shooter Josh Lakatos.

Unfortunately for the athletes, this year will be quite different, as they will have to limit the sex and focus on the Games. But hey, that’s what they are there for… right?

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