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Condoms galore for athletes at 2018 PyeongChang Olympics
  • By Marian Chu
  • Published 2018.02.01 17:33
  • Updated 2018.02.01 17:33
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The 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics will distribute a total of 110,000 free condoms to 2,925 athletes who will attend the international sporting event to kick off Feb. 9. That’s about 37 condoms per person.

The games to take place in PyeongChang, South Korea will have the biggest athlete turnout for any winter Olympics, and the 110,000 condoms – donated mostly by domestic condom developer Convenience – will also be the biggest amount ever distributed at the winter games, the organizers said. The 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics distributed around a total of 100,000 condoms.

“We are supplying Barunsengkak condoms for athletes attending the Winter Olympics with goodwill, and believe that Korea’s representative condom brand should donate for the event,” said a Convenience spokesperson. “We hope to aid the athletes visiting from various countries to complete their events successfully and safely.”

Employees of Convenience, the domestic producer of Barunsengkak brand of condom, showcase their products to be distributed at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics that kick off on Feb. 9. (Courtesy: Convenience)

The company said it would donate around 100,000 Barunsengkak condoms, worth a total of 100 million won ($93,370), for the Olympic Games. Barunsengkak recorded having the largest market share among domestically produced condoms as of November 2017, it added. The Korean Association for AIDS Prevention will supply the remaining 10,000.

The organizers will distribute condoms throughout athletes’ residences at the Olympic Villages, which officially opened Thursday, as well as at stadium facilities. Organizers will distribute 40,000 condoms in each of the two athletic towns of Gangneung and PyeongChang as well as 12,000 in the Main Press Center and the Media Village. The remaining 18,000 will be divided among 59 stadiums, the committee said. Most will be placed in “condom baskets” in bathrooms, the organizers said.

The Olympics have been long notorious for being sexually unrestrained with athletes in top psychical condition from around the world reputed to enjoy the 17-day long event as a hotbed for sexual activity before, during, and after the games.

The counts of free latex giveaways began in the 1988 Seoul Olympics when Olympic organizers handed out around 8,500 condoms to athletes. The scale of free condom distribution has jumped since; reaching a record-breaking 450,000 condoms distributed during the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics for around 10,500 athletes.

Meanwhile, the issue of whether sex affects athletic performance has been of central debate before most Olympic games. Some say that sexual intercourse has little impact on the physical abilities of athletes who are often in top physical condition with some saying 20 to 30 minutes of sexual intercourse being similar to light jogging. Others have argued that sex hurts athletic performance and mental concentration.

The festivities will start on Feb. 9 for a 17-day run to bring together 2,925 athletes from 92 countries to compete for 306 medals in 15 sporting events.


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