- Around 150,000 condoms will be given to the 11,000-plus athletes at the Tokyo Olympic Games in July.
- However, Tokyo Olympic organizers say they aren’t being given to competitors for them to use in the athletes’ village.
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Tokyo Olympic organizers have announced that they will give away around 150,000 condoms to competitors in July. However, they also said that the condoms are not for the competitors to use in the infamously amorous athletes’ village.
This despite the fact that Lolo Jones, when talking about what goes down at the athletes’ village, once said, “There are things we don’t talk about.”
So… what exactly are the athletes competing at the Games of the XXXII Olympiad supposed to do with the 150,000 condoms Tokyo Olympics officials will be giving them?
Well, according to what the Tokyo 2020 people told Reuters, they’re just supposed to take them all home.
“The distribution of condoms is not for use at the athlete’s village, but to have athletes take them back to their home countries to raise awareness” of HIV and AIDS issues, said Tokyo
2021 2020 in an emailed response to questions by Reuters.
Good luck with that plan. And also, good luck with enforcing all of the social distancing rules and coronavirus measures that will be in place when an expected 11,000-plus athletes come to town.
Officials have already barred overseas spectators and are asking those who do attend the delayed event to show their support by clapping rather than cheering or singing to try and reduce the risk of spreading the virus.
Dining has become another issue to resolve. Organisers were originally planning to feed residents of the village in vast dining halls – the largest one with a capacity to seat 4,500 people at once.
But now, the organisers will ask athletes to dine alone, maintain social distancing with others, and wipe down surfaces after eating.
“Without the proper measures in place, it will only take one person to bring in the virus and spread it, especially in places like the athlete village,” Nobuhiko Okabe, one of the infectious disease specialists advising Tokyo 2020 on its coronavirus measures said at a news conference on Friday. “We have to do what we can to make sure an outbreak doesn’t happen, and we really need the cooperation of all the athletes and delegations to make this work.”
Among those measures that will be put in place are some thick “health and safety playbooks” that will be handed out to all athletes, media and broadcasters in attendance.
Some of the guidelines include avoiding physical contact, avoiding enclosed spaces and crowds, and ventilate rooms and common spaces every 30 minutes.
Not among the plethora of rules and regulations? Actually being vaccinated against the coronavirus.