Olympic organizers are distributing 450,000 condoms (link in Portuguese) to athletes, Brazilian newspaper Folha de São Paulo reports. In the interest of equality and variety, 100,000 of those will be female condoms, and 175,000 lubricant sachets will also be available.
That’s an Olympic record at the equivalent of 42 condoms per athlete. Presuming the athletes are paired with one another and using only one condom per encounter, that’s enough contraception for 84 encounters. During the 2012 London games, organizers handed out a third as many condoms as will be distributed in Rio. And only 100,000 condoms were given out at the 2014 winter games in Sochi.
With Brazil in the midst of an outbreak of Zika, which can be sexually transmitted, safe sex is an even higher priority than in previous Olympics. Rio organizers did not comment to Folha on the enormous condom deployment. The International Olympic Committee merely said the amount should be sufficient.
Since the 1992 games in Barcelona, dispensing free condoms has become a tradition to promote the prevention of AIDS. The supply must come in handy, given the reports of free-wheeling sexual activity at Olympic villages. This year, the Australian team is taking no risks. It’s traveling with its own supplies of condoms with anti-viral gel.