Olympics, Zika and half a million free condoms in a Catholic country

Obviously the Brazilian’s don’t think that every sperm is sacred.

About 450,000 condoms will be distributed during the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, three times more than for the London Games four years ago, the International Olympic Committee says.

Part of the reason was because 100,000 female condoms will be available for the first time, along with 350,000 condoms for men. About 175,000 packets of lubricant are also being supplied.  

The IOC says the condoms would encourage 10,500 athletes and staff to practice safe sex.

The condoms will be distributed free from a clinic in the athletes’ village, or from vending machines. The village opens on 24 July, with the Olympics opening on 5 August.

Brazilian newspaper Folha de S Paulo said between 100,000 to 150,000 condoms had been supplied at every Olympics since Sydney 2000.

Yeah, not sure I’d be up for the Olympics in Brazil…even though I have the body of a finely tuned athlete.


– Fairfax


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  • Keanne Lawrence

    How many will be issued for the second night?

  • Tiger

    The sheer number of condoms being issued is now growing to (ahem) “Olympian” proportions.
    The organisers are clearly expecting some records to be broken, off the track.
    What’s the best chat up line in the Olympics? “Ready, set, Gooooooo….”
    What did the Olympic team’s manager say to the athletes before bed, “on your Marks…., Trevors, Andrews, Julias, Martina’s…..”
    …..Sorry could not help myself!

  • Wheninrome

    It will be included as a sport along with everything else, trials will be interesting, what will be the level one would have to reach to qualify?

  • Chris Bell

    I’m surprised that the NZ Olympic committee keep overlooking you for Olympic representation….such outstanding examples of the male specimen need to be paraded for all to see….I gather it won’t be boxing but what sport would you partake in again?

  • rua kenana

    Condoms? Catholic country?
    Sounds pretty sinful to me.
    Surely the big guy in charge wants us to get Zika virus, Aids or whatever rather than use evil devices such as condoms.

  • Dan

    I guess the downside of drug testing. In the good old days of anabloc steroids, the hormones would lead to infertility and, er, “shrinkage”…and loss of “desire or urges”… apparently. But now that there is a ban on these, fertility skyrockets and voila, another precaution is required!

    A bonus of the piles of condoms is of course reducing areas where the Zika mozzie can strike.

    Win win!

  • I assumed sex no longer has a negative affect on performance.

    • Miss McGerkinshaw

      I think for some of them there is no hope of a medal or anything and having qualified for the olympics they are just there to party.

  • Oh Please

    40 condoms each? That’s normally enough to last me the whole inter-Olympic period.