Bedrooms in the Olympic Village aren’t outfitted with televisions, so how will athletes pass the time?
Meanwhile, the International Olympic Committee is providing 42 condoms per athlete at the 2016 Rio Olympics, according to some simple division by CNN. A record 450,000 contraceptives — triple the highest previous total — will be available in the village that will house 11,000 athletes next week.
The Summer Olympics run from Aug. 5-21. We’ll let you do the rest of the math in that equation.
Granted, there are 6,000 coaches staying in the athletes village, too — not to mention security personnel, volunteers and media members may also be among those with access to the prophylactics — but the song remains the same: There’s another Olympic-worthy activity going on in Rio de Janeiro. (And let me be the first to concede media will not be using the lion’s share of these condoms.)
“Part of the reason” for the increase, per the Associated Press, “was because 100,000 female condoms will be available for the first time, along with 350,000 condoms for men. About 175,000 packets of lubricant are also being supplied.” Get your performance-enhancing substance jokes in now, people.
Seriously, though, the 450,000 condoms should at least quiet concerns about the sexual transmission of the Zika virus to and among athletes. Coupled with a recent study by the Yale School of Public Health describing the threat of Zika in Brazil as “negligible,” this must be welcome news for athletes.
The previous record for condoms in the athletes village was 150,000 at the 2012 London Olympics, according to important research done by Slate. The Olympic condom count was first reported in 1988, when 8,500 were provided in Seoul. That number rose to 100,000 for Salt Lake City in 2002, after Sydney organizers in 2000 had to bring in an extra 20,000 after their initial order of 70,000 ran out.
AP sports writer Stephen Wade has also been chronicling how the Olympic Village has transformed into a condom nation, capturing photos of vending machines that read, “Celebrate with a condom!”
— Stephen Wade (@StephenWadeAP) July 25, 2016
The “low-budget” village’s 3,604 apartments are furnished with little else beyond disposable wardrobes, according to CNN’s conversation with RGS Events CEO Paul Ramler, whose Australian company has supplied furniture for the games since the 2000 Sydney Olympics. But the 31 17-story towers do feature 18,500 beds — or one for every 24 condoms, according to a little thing called math.
“I guess they’re going stick those in the bedside tables,” Ramler told CNN.
So, if Olympians can get past that “strong smell of gas in some apartments,” let the games begin.
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