The International Olympic Committee is giving athletes at the 2016 summer games every opportunity to engage in safe sex during their two-week stays in the Olympic Village. They’ve purchased a staggering 450,000 condoms for the 10,000 athletes who will be competing in this year. That is triple the number they passed out to athletes at the 2012 games in London. Of course, in addition to the usual reasons for safe sex there are fears over the mysterious Zika virus, which has deterred several high-profile athletes from taking part in this year’s games. It seems like every few days now, health officials are announcing new discoveries about how the mosquito-borne virus, which can be devastating to fetuses if women are infected early in pregnancy, is transmitted.
The IOC began distributing condoms to Olympic athletes at the Seoul games in 1988, after recognizing that the world’s best athletes in their competitive prime basically can’t keep their hands off each other. That year, officials handed out just 8,500 condoms. By 2000, the IOC handed out 70,000 condoms — but ran out halfway through the games. Officials were forced to round up another 20,000 to keep the athletes engaging in safe sex. And if you’re wondering whether abstaining from sex increases athletic performance, it really doesn’t do that at all, one expert told The Daily Beast. He said the idea that avoiding sex ahead of a big game or other athletic event is all but a myth that’s taken hold over the years. So, have fun having fun this year, Olympians!
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