Around 450, 000 condoms will be distributed to athletes during the Rio De Janeiro Olympic games.
It is the highest number of condoms given to athletes in the games’ history, with 100,000 female condoms being made available while 350,000 condoms will be given to male participants.
The amount is three times more than what was supplied for the London Olympic Games in 2012, with an extra 175, 000 packets of lubricant to be given to athletes and staff.
The International Olympic Committee insists condoms would encourage the 10,500 athletes and staff to practice safe sex.
The condoms will be distributed free from a clinic in the Athletes’ Village, or from vending machines in the area.
The village opens on July 24 with the Olympics opening on August 5.
It is believed that the increase in contraception is related to Brazil’s outbreak of the Zika virus which is carried by mosquitoes but also transmittable through sexual intercourse.
The virus is linked to microcephaly, a condition in which babies are born with undersized brains and skulls.
Between 100,000 and 150,000 condoms were supplied at the 2000 Sydney Olympic games according to Brazilian newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo.
[Source: BBC NEWS]
By: Lincoln Kyle September (firstname.lastname@example.org)