Organizers don’t want people getting randy or rowdy in the Olympic Village.

Although the Olympics are, in many ways, a beacon for international friendship and cooperation, they’re still, at their core, a competition. So when the Games finally begin next month in Tokyo, for each event, only the top three competitors will go home with medals.

Everyone, though, will be going home with condoms.

During the Olympics some 18,000 people are expected to stay in the Olympic Village in Tokyo’s Harumi neighborhood. Among the amenities they were supposed to receive was a supply of 150,000 condoms. Prophylactic provision has been a part of the Olympics for the last few decades, but with continuing concern about the health safety of holding the Games during the ongoing pandemic, earlier this month the Tokyo Olympics Organizing Committee put out a statement requesting that athletes not use their Olympic condoms until they’re back in their home countries.

▼ Just to be clear, the intended message was “Please abstain from the close contact of sexual intercourse while staying in the Olympic Village,” not “Please enjoy unprotected sex while in Japan.”

Apparently the committee has since decided that giving athletes condoms upon arrival but telling them to save them for when they’re back in their home countries is a bit of a mixed message. On Sunday Takashi Kitajima, general manager of the Olympic Village, announced that the condoms will now be given to the Olympic teams as they are leaving Japan, not during the competition itself. “The condoms are not meant to be used while in the Village, but to increase awareness of the dangers of HIV and sexually transmitted diseases,” said Kitajima. “Not only medalists, but all Olympic athletes have the power to …continue reading