Organizers of the 2020 Olympics have repeatedly promised to host a “safe and secure” Games during the coronavirus pandemic. But safe sex, or anything that comes close to intimacy for that matter, will be banned for athletes competing in Tokyo.
The International Olympic Committee [IOC] This week they reiterated demands that residents of the Olympic Village observe social distancing guidelines to prevent a Covid-19 outbreak, threatening violators with a series of sanctions, including disqualification.
Athletes, in accordance with public health measures outlined in the latest Olympic playbook, must “avoid unnecessary forms of physical contact.”
That has left Japanese organizers red-faced after questions arose about the fate of 160,000 condoms that, in accordance with Olympic tradition, will be delivered to the village this summer.
Hundreds of thousands of free condoms have been distributed since Seoul 1988 to promote safe sex during the unofficial Olympic sport of going to sleep among athletes in 200 countries who spend weeks living in confined spaces.
But if the 15,000 Olympians and Paralympians follow the Covid-19 rules to the letter during their time in Tokyo, this year’s shipment will not be used.
The mixed message has puzzled observers, including famous Japanese mountaineer Ken Noguchi, who said handing out condoms while pleading with their owners to keep them a secret was “something I just can’t understand.”
The organizers of the games have belatedly turned the anomaly into a safe sex message. The condoms are not designed to be used in the athletes’ village, they said. Instead, they should be taken home and used to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS.
Four Japanese manufacturers had opted for the Games to market their specialty: ultra-thin condoms made of polyurethane that, according to users, increase the pleasure of safe sex.
But, according to Agence France-Presse, the Games’ requirements mean that they are only allowed to distribute thicker, latex-based versions, which some have described as offering an inferior experience.
“When I found out about the requirement, I thought, ‘Oh my God … can that be true?'” An industry source told AFP. “We really had counted on being able to offer these ultrafines.”
While the IOC has said that up to 80% of potential Olympic and Paralympic villa residents will be fully vaccinated by the time the Tokyo Games open on July 23, they will spend much of their time there at a safe distance from their homes. fellow residents.
Organizers originally planned to offer meals in vast dining rooms, but are now encouraging athletes to eat and sleep alone.