By Ryan Mayer
The Olympics feature a collection of the best athletes from around the world all living together in one compound for a month during the summer. The feats of athleticism on the track/field/pool will be impressive. However, outside of competing in their events, athletes will find themselves with a lot of free time.
In order to make sure that they’re being safe in that free time, the International Olympic Committee will reportedly provide 450,000 condoms for the Olympic Village. According to The Guardian story, the reason for the large number is that “female condoms are being given away for the first time.” With 10,500 athletes descending on Rio to participate in the games, that works out to just under 43 (42.85) condoms per athlete. The number breaks the previously reported record of 150,000 condoms that were provided for the 2012 London Olympic games.
Now, that all said, Zach Purchase, a former rower is quoted in the piece as saying that the number of condoms supplied distorts the truth of what actually goes on in the Olympic Village.
“It is an absolutely huge allocation of condoms,” admits Olympic rowing gold and silver medallist Zac Purchase, who retired from rowing in 2014 and competed in London and Beijing. “But it is all so far from the truth of what it’s like to be in there. It’s not some sexualised cauldron of activity. We’re talking about athletes who are focused on producing the best performance of their lives.”
Whatever the case, the IOC is clearly taking precautions to make sure that athletes will have protection for whatever celebrations they decide to engage in while in Rio.
Ryan Mayer is an Associate Producer for CBS Local Sports. Ryan lives in NY but comes from Philly and life as a Philly sports fan has made him cynical. Anywhere sports are being discussed, that’s where you’ll find him.