Condoms will be provided at Beijing Winter Olympics despite COVID rules

Free condoms will be available at the Beijing Winter Olympics in 2022, although organizers want athletes to walk a tightrope when interacting with others and avoid hugs and handshakes in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“All Olympics-related units will provide appropriate quantities of condoms free of charge at the right time to people who have registered to stay informed,” organizers told Reuters by email.

According to the Olympics playbook, athletes should minimize physical interactions and stay in the “closed loop” to curb the spread of the virus during competition.

The games are set to start on Friday and athletes from around the world will compete in 15 different sports until February 20.

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Sexual relations and meetings between athletes are notorious in the Olympic Village where the athletes are accommodated.

“There’s a lot of sex,” Hope Solo, the two-time gold medalist footballer, told ESPN in 2012.

Organizers distributed 450,000 condoms at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro as they sought to curb the spread of the Zika virus. At the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, organizers gave away 150,000 condoms, but only as a parting gift.

There were also rumors that beds at the Tokyo Olympics were ‘gender-proof’ after some athletes claimed the cardboard they were made of could only hold one person.

The rumor was debunked by organizers who said the beds could hold 441 pounds of weight in a press release.

Condoms began being distributed at the Olympics in 1988 to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS.

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