1.6 lakh Condoms To Be Given To Athletes At Tokyo Olympics

The Tokyo Olympics is going to be held this year at Japan’s capital city from July 23 to August 8 after being delayed for one year.

Amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, the organizers are taking necessary precautions to ensure the safety of the players, and players are also advised to not socialize, avoid handshakes and not hug, their time in Japan will be ‘minimized to reduce the risk of infection.’ However, another interesting thing has also come to fore that the Tokyo organizers have also said that they will distribute over 1,50,000 free condoms to the athletes participating in the world’s biggest multi-discipline sporting extravaganza.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will be distributing condoms as usual but this time, however, condoms will be distributed during the departure of athletes. They will be advised not to use those condoms but take them back home as souvenirs.

The practice of distributing condoms to athletes has been going on after it was started in the 1988 Seoul Olympics, to raise awareness against AIDS. But this is the first time sportspersons have been advised not to use condoms during their stay in Japan. According to Kyodo News, this change is given the COVID-19 situation.

 

“Our intent and goal are not for athletes to use the condoms at the Olympic Village, but to help with awareness by taking them back to their own countries,” IOC was quoted as saying by Tokyo Sports. Besides this, the athletes will also be allowed to bring alcohol in the Olympic village, but they will be allowed to consume it only if they are in their rooms.

In the guidelines issued in February, the athletes have been asked to maintain a distance of two meters from each other and also avoid physical contact from their fellow athletes including, handshakes and hugging. The athletes are also not permitted to leave the Olympic village and will be allowed only under special circumstances and the violations could lead to penalties, the media reports state.

Meanwhile, the story has gone viral on social media, and people are amused by this tradition.

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