South Korea To Shatter Winter Olympic Record For Condom Distribution To Athletes

Ryan Pickrell | China/Asia Pacific Reporter

With all the action and excitement of the Olympics coming to South Korea, organizers will set a new record for the largest number of free condoms ever handed out at the Winter Olympics at this year’s Games, according to South Korean media.

For the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, South Korea will pass out 110,000 free condoms to the 2,925 participating athletes, according to the Korean JoongAng Daily. That works out to 37.6 condoms per athlete.

“We don’t expect the athletes to use them all,” a relevant spokesman told AFP.

Whether or not that’s true, bedroom gymnastics are reportedly extremely common in the athletic villages at the Olympics. For the 2016 Rio Olympics, an unbelievable 450,000 condoms were made available to athletes.

The practice began at the Seoul Summer Olympics in 1988, when organizers provided 8,500 contraceptives. Over the years, this number has soared, surpassing 100,000. Since that first time in South Korea, reporters have dutifully reported the number of condoms.

The vast majority of the condoms were provided by Convenience Co., which donated the condoms to contribute to “a successful hosting of the Winter Olympics and the prevention of the spread of the HIV virus.”

The 2018 Winter Olympics will kick off in Pyeongchang, South Korea on Feb. 9.

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