Rio Olympics sets new condom records

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Will Rio Olympics be the most promiscuous in Olympic history?

Considering the number of condoms being handed out for the 17-day event, it may well be.

About 450,000 condoms are being supplied to the 10,500 athletes - which makes it 42 condoms per athlete, The Guardian reported.

This includes 100,000 female condoms, and they are not even talking about 175,000 packets of lubricant which will be made available at the Olympic village.

Female condoms are being given away for the first time.

The numbers are a huge leap because only 8,500 condoms were distributed at the Seoul Olympics in 1988.

In Sydney 2000, Australian organisers ordered 70,000 condoms but a further 20,000 were brought in when they ran out halfway through the Games.


In Athens 2004, Durex donated 130,000 condoms "to smooth the performance of the world's elite sports people in the arena and under the covers".

For the 2012 London Games, the number was around 150,000.

Reacting to the Rio numbers, British Olympic rowing gold and silver medallist Zac Purchase told The Guardian: "It is an absolutely huge allocation of condoms.

"But it is all so far from the truth of what it's like to be in there. It's not some sexualised cauldron of activity.

"We're talking about athletes who are focused on producing the best performance of their lives."

The Zika virus has spread across Brazil and dominated Olympic discussions.

It is not being given as a reason but British athletes have been issued with key guidance and the Australian team will arrive armed with antiviral condoms to provide extra protection.

We're talking about athletes who are focused on producing the best performance of their lives.

- British Olympic rowing gold and silver medallist Zac Purchase

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