Lifestyle & Belief

Olympic Village: Unofficial condoms spur investigation


Casey Stoney of Great Britain and Katie Hoyle of New Zealand battle during a women's soccer match at the 2012 London Olympics at Millennium Stadium on July 25, 2012 in Cardiff, Wales.


Michael Regan

When Australian BMX cyclist Caroline Buchanan tweeted a photograph of a bucketful of condoms, she was joking about the widely circulated rumor that the Olympic village becomes a hot-bed of activity.

The picture, featuring a bucket with a sign read "Kangaroos condoms, for the gland downunder" has prompted London 2012 to start investigating how the condoms made their way into the village without any official consent, the Guardian reported.

According to Radio Netherlands, Durex is the official prophylactic supplier of the 2012 Olympic Games, and the organizers are a bit controlling about which brands can be promoted during the Olympics-- non-sponsors aren't allowed free publicity.  

Olympians at the London Games have all been giving 15 free condoms for the 17 days of the Games. Here's what that means in pure numbers: 150,000 free condoms have been made available to the 10,800 athletes taking part in the London Games.

Free condoms have been provided to athletes since the Barcelona Olympics in 1992, a move endorsed by the International Olympic Committee who said it helped AIDS awareness and prevention. At the last Olympics in Beijing, organisers supplied 100,000 free condoms. This year, Olympians are getting 50 percent more.

In 2008, former Olympian Matthew Syed wrote a piece for the Times of London about how the Olympics and intercourse go hand-in-hand.

"Olympic athletes have to display an unnatural ... level of self-discipline in the build-up to big competitions. How else is this going to manifest itself than with a volcanic release of pent-up hedonism?" Syed wrote.  

Earlier this month an anonymous US athlete described partying her 'butt off' when she took part in the Games, amid wave of promiscuity as super-fit athletes paired off. 

As far as the investigation goes, no one is quite sure how the condoms made their way into the village; the Australian company Answell said they didn't know about the issue whatsoever.

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