During the 2000 Summer Games in Sydney, Australia, 70,000 condoms were distributed to the athletes, coaches, trainers, and officials staying in the Olympic Village…by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to promote sexual health during the games. But even more surprising was the fact that they found they needed even more and ordered an additional 20,000 condoms that year, roughly equating to 8 condoms per person and a figure that would remain static for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and the 2004 Summer games in Athens, Greece.
But with the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, the number of athletes competing grew, lowering the ratio of condoms to roughly six per athlete, making the 100,000 distribution seem somewhat paltry. For this year’s games in London, however, the IOC decided to supply at least 150,000 condoms giving each athlete approximately 15 condoms to use at his or her will. What’s more, Durex, this year’s supplier, is standing by should the IOC request more.