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A History Of Condoms In The Olympic Village

ICYMI: They’re allotting 42 condoms per athlete this year
by Khatrina Bonagua | Aug 2, 2016
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About 10,500 athletes are expected to compete in the upcoming 2016 Rio Olympics—and 450,000 condoms will be waiting for them in Rio’s Olympic Village. That gives each of them around 42 opportunities to enjoy safe sex during the 17 days of competition. Talk about working hard and playing harder.

The provision of 450,000 condoms is higher than the London 2012 allowance of 150,000 condoms, which was dubbed as “the raunchiest games ever.”

So why do these athletes need 450,000 condoms? The allocation reached record-breaking numbers reportedly due to female condoms, which are being given away for the first time. The Zika virus, which has spread across Brazil, is not being given as a reason, but British athletes have been issued with key guidance. The Australian team, too, will arrive armed with antiviral condoms to provide extra protection.


The massive amount of rubber shouldn't really be that surprising; it’s not the first time the International Olympic Committee has “helped” facilitate a few nights of fun for athletes during game time.

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Ever since the games’ condom count was first reported for the 1988 Olympics in Seoul—only 8,500—the media has faithfully recorded the size of the competition’s latex supply (The one exception: the 2006 Winter Games in Torino, as figures were never released). Check out the estimate condom count for each Olympics since Seoul below:

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Here's a more detailed listing:

- 1988 Summer Olympics, Seoul: 8,500

- 1992 Winter Olympics, Albertville: 30,000
“Packs of three condoms are being distributed free to athletes and for a little less than $2 to others.” —New York Times, Feb. 5, 1992

- 1992 Summer Olympics, Barcelona: 90,000
“Officials laid in a supply of 90,000 condoms for the 16-day Games, and have dispensed well over half of them so far.” —Associated Press, Aug. 4, 1992

- 1994 Winter Olympics, Lillehammer: 40,000
Condoms “issued to athletes, officials, volunteers and journalists.” —Sydney Morning Herald, June 7, 1996

- 1996 Summer Olympics, Atlanta: 15,000
“‘They were ordered just in case the athletes happen to be in the mood,’ said Shirley Jenkins, a nurse at the Olympic village.” —The Mirror, July 16, 1996

- 1998 Winter Olympics, Nagano: 36,000

- 2000 Summer Olympics, Sydney: 90,000
“Sydney organizers thought that 70,000 would be enough. They were wrong and had to send out for 20,000 more.” —Today, Feb. 18, 2010

- 2002 Winter Olympics, Salt Lake City: 100,000

- 2004 Summer Olympics, Athens: 130,000
“Condom manufacturer Durex has donated the prophylactics as well as 30,000 sachets of lubricant … ‘to smooth the performance of the world’s elite sports people in the arena and under the covers,’ it said in a statement.” —Reuters, July 27, 2004


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- 2006 Winter Olympics, Turin: unknown
“The Italian organizers have not said how many are available, only that athletes will easily find them if they want them.” —Seattle Times, Feb. 14, 2006

- 2008 Summer Olympics, Beijing: 100,000
“Organizers brought in 100,000, all with the motto ‘faster, higher, stronger.’ ” —Huffington Post, April 24, 2010

- 2010 Winter Olympics, Vancouver: 100,000
“Lest anyone get the wrong idea, a spokesperson clarified that this total included condoms given out to security staff and volunteers, and in public bathrooms. The athletes got just 40,000, or a mere 6.2 apiece.” —Washington City Paper, Sept. 18, 2013

- 2012 Summer Olympics, London: 150,000
“Durex, the official Olympic supplier, has sent 150,000 condoms to the village.” —NPR, Aug. 8, 2012

- 2014 Winter Olympics, Sochi: 100,000

- 2016 Summer Olympics, Rio: 450,000
“About 450,000 condoms will be distributed during the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, three times more than for the London Games four years ago, the International Olympic Committee says. Part of the reason was because 100,000 female condoms will be available for the first time, along with 350,000 condoms for men. About 175,000 packets of lubricant are also being supplied.” —Associated Press, May 21, 2016

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