Athletes to receive condoms from Olympic organisers – but urge social distancing

Organisers for the Tokyo Olympic Games plan to supply about 150,000 condoms at next month’s Games but are insisting that competing athletes take them home rather than using them in the Olympic village, where protection against COVID-19 is a top priority.

Condoms have been given out at the Olympic Village at each Games since Seoul 1988, in order to raise awareness of HIV and AIDS.

The International Olympic Committee have requested that this continues to take place, but organisers of this year’s Tokyo Olympics have stated the condoms are not for use at the Games and should be taken home by athletes instead.

This is just one of the many ways organisers of the delayed Olympics are hoping to prevent the spread of COVID-19, having already barred overseas spectators. Attending fans have also been asked that instead of shouting and singing, they show their support for competitors by clapping.

Organisers are also planning on asking competing athletes, as well as their coaching teams, to dine alone, instead of eating in vast communal dining halls. Athletes will also be asked to maintain social distancing when eating, and wipe down surfaces afterwards.

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The Tokyo Olympic Games is currently scheduled to take place from July 23 to August 8. It is expected that 11,091 athletes from 205 countries will compete, and it is believed that the Games will be opened by Emperor Naruhito.

Japan last hosted the Olympics in 1998 when Nagano was the host city. Tokyo, which will be the main host of the Games this year, was last the host city in 1964.


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