Let’s Discuss the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Village’s Strange and Unusual Condom Rules

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What happens when you bring a whole bunch of hot, physically fit athletes from around the world together? Sex. Lots and lots of sex.

The Olympic Games have long been known as a debauchery-filled place: Ryan Lochte told ESPN in 2012 that 70 to 75 percent of Olympians are getting it on at the Games, and it’s the reason they give out so many condoms.

But unfortunately, the athletes’ other favorite physical activity may look a little different this year. Here’s the deal with the new sex-free regulations at the 2020 Tokyo Games.

What’s the deal with the condoms in the Olympic Village?

The tradition of handing out condoms at the Olympics dates back to the 1988 Games in Seoul. The goal was to encourage safe sex and spread awareness of HIV and AIDS. Since then, passing out condoms to Olympic athletes has been a long-standing tradition.

According to USA Today, 8,500 condoms were distributed during the Seoul Games, whereas more than 450,000 condoms were made available during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. Which means, yes, these hot, fit, scantily clad athletes are absolutely getting busy after they step off the field.

What are the 2020 condom rules?

On page 34 of the extensive Tokyo Olympics playbook, athletes are told to “avoid unnecessary forms of contact,” which include hugs, handshakes, and high fives. But since subtlety isn’t everyone’s strong suit, the rules were driven home by the fact that condoms will still be handed out this year…but not until the athletes are leaving Tokyo.

Instead of hundreds of thousands of rubbers, only 160,000 will be distributed to more than 11,000 athletes. This is very different from before when, according to Distractify, condom dispensers were “available in every food hall and lounge around the Olympic Village” during the Rio Games.

Why did the Olympic Organizing Committee implement these rules?

If you’re wondering why the committee is even bothering to pass out condoms if they don’t want athletes using them right now, it’s because apparently the whole purpose of the tradition was to “raise awareness” around AIDS and not to screw everyone in sight. Even though the Games are happening during COVID-19, these strict measures are in place to try to limit the spread of the virus.

While this literally just seems like the premise of Too Hot to Handle, it turns out the ramifications for breaking the Olympics rules are even more hard-core than on the reality show. On June 18, The Guardian reported that athletes in the Olympic Village who don’t follow social distancing rules could be fined, disqualified, and/or deported.

What do athletes think about the condom rules?

Between the strange condom distribution and the cardboard beds, you might think the 2020 Olympians will have a very celibate competition. But considering how 75 percent of athletes usually get it on at the Games, according to an ESPN exposé, and since Irish gymnast Rhys Mcclenaghan showed that the recyclable beds actually can withstand a lot of movement, I have a feeling there are gonna be a lot of rule breakers going home with the gold…or at least a few more notches on their Nikes.

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