[뉴스+]Condoms disappeared from Tokyo Olympics? The history of the Olympics and condoms

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“Everyone has a great body, wears ‘Jjoljjils,’ and there are a lot of condoms.

This is an interview with American skeleton athlete John Dali, who became a hot topic during the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

Regardless of winter or summer, the Olympic Games gather energetic young people from all over the world in one space called the Athletes’ Village. Of course, love between men and women is also actively taking place within the athletes’ village. Embracing this culture, the Olympic Organizing Committee has provided free condoms to athletes.

(Graphic = Reporter Kim Jeong-hoon)

However, free condoms are not provided for the Tokyo Olympics, which will start on July 23. According to Japanese media, the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee has decided to hand out 160,000 condoms prepared by the athletes as souvenirs when they leave the country. This is because, in order to prevent the spread of Corona 19, it is forbidden to go out or meet at all that is not related to the game. The Tokyo Olympics are expected to be the most free Olympics for athletes who only have to go to and from accommodation and stadiums. Tokyo Sports criticized the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee for increasing the number of people attending the opening ceremony for the sake of ‘Olympic nobles’ (IOC officials). He pointed out, “We are making every effort to prevent criticism, such as virtually canceling distribution of condoms at the athletes’ village, but public opposition is unlikely to subside.”

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The first free condoms were offered at the Olympics in 1988 at the Seoul Olympics. At that time, the number of condoms provided to athletes by the Seoul Olympic Organizing Committee was 8,500. Since there were officially 8391 athletes participating in the Seoul Olympics, one was given out per person.

The reason why free condoms, which had not been provided before, first appeared at the Seoul Olympics was to prevent sexually transmitted diseases and other diseases. In particular, it was decisive that the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) spread worldwide in the 1980s.

Since then, the number of free condoms distributed to athletes at the Olympics has grown exponentially. At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, 100,000 condoms were distributed. At the 2012 London Olympics, 150,000 were sprayed. At the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, 450,000 were provided. Compared to the Seoul Olympics, it has increased by more than 50 times. The total number of athletes participating in the Rio Olympics was 11,238, so 40 were given out per person. The huge increase in the number of condoms at the Rio Olympics was due to the spread of the Zika virus, which causes brain damage to fetuses, in South America.

At the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, 110,000 condoms were provided. The total number of participants was 2920, so the number of provided per person was about 38. It was the largest number in the history of the Winter Olympics.

The development of the Internet also contributed to the significant increase in the number of condoms used in the Olympic Village. In the case of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, overseas athletes actively used dating apps such as ‘Tinder’ to appease boredom in the athletes’ village.

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Dating app companies have also upgraded the membership levels of players in the village to encourage instant meeting. At that time, a dating app company also announced the result that “matches (if they like each other) increased by more than 600%”.

In the past, there was a myth that having sex before a game affects performance. However, recent studies have revealed that there is no significant relationship between sex and performance. Athletes these days have no qualms about having sex before a game.

Of course, players who play the most important game of a lifetime can’t just focus on sex. An official at the time of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics said, “Many of the condoms taken by the athletes remained unopened.

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