Tokyo Olympics: Each athlete to get 14 free condoms but they can't use them

Condom hand-outs to Olympians have been a tradition since the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, as an AIDS epidemic swept across the world

The Tokyo Olympics 11,000 competing athletes will get about 14 condoms as they will arrive on the Japanese capital for the games next month.


But the International Olympic Committee is discouraging athletes from using them, citing risks of the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, they hope athletes will bring them back to their home countries as souvenirs.


With athletes required to stay at least two meters apart from one another, they are also told to avoid physical contact, including handshakes and hugs.


Athletes are also only permitted to leave the Olympic Village under special circumstances. Violations of rules could lead to penalties.


Condom hand-outs to Olympians have been a tradition since the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, as an AIDS epidemic swept across the world. Another reason is those in recent years there seen explosion in dating apps during games. During the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, athletes said they used Tinder to meet eligible hook-ups.


Condoms are in such high demand during the Olympics that past games have run out of protection. The Olympic record of condom use goes to the 2016 Rio Games. 450,000 were distributed, about 100,000 of them female condoms, guaranteeing each athlete about 42 condoms for their entire stay. The outbreak of Zika virus in Brazil, which can be transmitted through sex, had raised awareness for safe sex.

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