Over 150,000 condoms will be distributed to athletes at the Tokyo Olympics, but will not be used because of another medical crisis, which is COVID, according to reports.
The organizing committee made the request last week, Agence France-Presse reported.
The wire service said Japan’s condom industry feared an “anticlimax” at the event, which is expecting to bring more than 11,000 athletes to Tokyo and many will stay in the Olympic Village.
Condoms have been handed out to Olympians since at least the 1988 Summer Olympics in South Korea.
“The distribution of condoms is not for use at the athletes’ village, but to have athletes take them back to their home countries to raise awareness [of HIV and AIDS],” Olympic organizers stated.
The Tokyo Games that were scheduled for 2020 but was postponed exactly a year after the coronavirus pandemic began sweeping the globe last year.
While Japan and the majority of the country does not want the Olympics to happen at all owing to the growing spate of the pandemic, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and participating countries have pressed forward to make it happen.