What an anti-climax! Olympic athletes will be handed 160,000 condoms at the Tokyo Games… but organisers tell them they CAN’T use them and must ‘take them home’ to their own country to avoid unnecessary physical contact
Athletes heading to the Tokyo Olympics have been told not to use the free condoms they will be given by organisers in order to limit unnecessary physical contact.
It has been a tradition to distribute condoms to raise awareness of HIV and AIDS since the Seoul Games in 1988 and the International Olympic Committee asked for this to be continued in Tokyo, despite the pandemic.
But only 160,000 will be given out this year with athletes told to practice social distancing and avoid physical contact where possible.
Athletes heading to the Tokyo Olympics have been told not to use the free condoms they will be given by organisers
It has been a tradition to distribute condoms to raise awareness of HIV and AIDS since the Seoul Games in 1988
‘The distributed condoms are not meant to be used at the Olympic Village,’ the organising committee told AFP.
Instead they are supposed to be ‘brought back by athletes to their respective home countries and to help them support the campaign to raise awareness’, they added.
Manufacturing companies such as Sagami Rubber had been hoping to cash-in on by selling novelty or one-off Olympic designed condoms to overseas tourists.
But restrictions on travel means there will be no fans travelling from outside Japan.
Pictured: Prime Minister and former Mayor of London Boris Johnson with one of the free condoms handed out in the Olympic Village during the 2012 Games
Organisers have set strict Covid-19 protocols in place ahead of this summer’s Games and Team GB athletes could be forced to quarantine in a hotel upon their arrival because of rising cases of the Delta variant.
Asked about British participants, Tokyo 2020 spokesperson Masa Takaya said: ‘Quarantine for six days is required for some countries and the same treatment will be imposed to athletes and media.’
Athletes from most other nations will not face the same restrictions providing they have tested negative twice before they travel and are tested daily in Japan.
However, the third and final ‘playbook’ of Covid rules for the Games was published and included an update which said: ‘Border measures may be strengthened upon entry to Japan in relation to the handling of Covid-19 variants of concern.
Organisers have said the condoms are not meant to be used and should be taken home
Manufacturing companies such as Sagami Rubber had been hoping to cash-in on by selling novelty or one-off Olympic designed condoms to overseas tourists
‘The Government of Japan may implement additional restrictions for Games participants from designated countries.’
The latest playbook also stressed that athletes face being thrown out of the Olympics if they violate the strict protocols.
Rule breaches would include not wearing masks when required, failing to respect social distancing and refusing to be tested.
Among the sanctions offenders could face are financial penalties, disqualification and permanent exclusion from the Games.