The 2020 Tokyo Olympics Organisers have advised that the 160,000 branded condoms they are giving out to athletes should not be used but brought back home by the participants at the end of the event.
Thousands of athletes will stay at the Olympic Village during the 2020 Tokyo Games which begins on July 23 and ends August 9. Thereafter, the Paralympics starts on August 25 and ends on September 6.
About 11,100 athletes will participate in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and another 4,400 in the Paralympics.
AFP quoted the organising committee to have said that “The distributed condoms are not meant to be used at the Olympic Village” but are supposed to be “brought back by athletes to their respective home countries and to help them support the campaign to raise awareness (about HIV/AIDS).”
There had been reports that beds to be installed in Tokyo Olympic Village will be made of cardboard to avoid “intimacy among athletes.”
But the organisers have since assured that the beds are sturdy enough to withstand the weights of two persons not above 200kg, even as they cautioned that sex was not necessarily a part of the games.
Even so, four Japanese manufacturers are expected to provide 160,000 condoms to competitors at the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.
“Our intent and goal is not for athletes to use the condoms at the Olympic Village, but to help with awareness by taking them back to their own countries,” officials tolf AFP.
Also, the committee is considering handing out the condoms after the competition and when the athletes leave the village.