While the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon get underway today, athletes have been stocking up on the hottest “souvenir item” of the games so far – the condoms. Organizers have distributed 5,000 condoms daily and plan to give out 100,00 condoms to athletes by games end on October 3rd.
“We’ve been handing out condoms over the past three days but their daily ration of 5,000 runs out quickly every day,” Choi Hyeung-Dae, a games organizing committee official told the Agence France-Presse (AFP) yesterday.
The condoms, which come in yellow, opaque wrappers with the AG emblem on them, are becoming a hot souvenir item according to the Choi, though he may be a bit naive about what the athletes are doing with them.
“But this does not mean that athletes have already been engaged in bed-hopping. I think most of them just want to keep them as souvenirs,” he said to AFP.
Sex between athletes at major sporting events has become stories of legend at previous games, where athletes tend to hook up casually after completing their events. Swimmer and world record holder Ryan Lochte of the U.S. once commented in an ESPN article in 2013 about the Olympic Village’s notorious “college dorm-like” atmosphere that 70-75% of the athletes at the Olympics were doing the nasty. The Asian Games Village atmosphere, while maybe a little tamer, is likely to be no different.
While condoms officially became offered to athletes to promote safe sex at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games, the 1988 Seoul Olympics reportedly saw 8,500 condoms distributed though stories of outdoor rooftop sex were rampant among the athletes. About 75,000 condoms were reported to have been given out during the 2002 Busan Asian Games.
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