If you’re an Olympian in China and you’re there to compete in track and field, the first week of competition is probably pretty boring. Sure, you can root on your fellow countrymen in their individual events, or see the sights, but other than that there isn’t much to do. So instead you decide to get yourself out there in the Olympic Village amongst your contemporaries and start meeting some people.
Particularly people of the opposite sex. Sex between the athletes at the games is a tradition almost as old as the games themselves, but unlike back in the ancient Greece days, there’s a lot more to worry about when having sex these days. Nobody wants to have their chance at gold ruined by those darn STDs, which is why there have been over 100,000 condoms handed out to athletes in Beijing.
Sex and sport at the Olympics. It’s an irresistible mix — and one which Chinese condom makers don’t want to miss. Chinese company Elasun has come up with a series of Olympic condom advertisements which have gone viral online.
Organisers of the Beijing Games are providing 100,000 condoms for athletes at the Olympics as we reported on Tuesday.
But it’s certain that these condoms featuring the five cute colourful mascots called the Fuwa or the Friendlies won’t be among the official condoms handed out with an information pack about HIV awareness.
Ah yes, the name Friendlies has been given a whole new meaning.
Now 100,000 condoms might seem like an awful lot, but during the Sydney games back in 2000 there were 70,000 distributed to the athletes, and they quickly ran out and organizers had to bring in 20,000 more. 130,000 condoms were given out during the games in Athens four years ago.
I’m willing to bet Michael Phelps will need about 100 of them just for himself after he’s done breaking Mark Spitz‘ record. And people wonder where he gets his motivation.