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Olympic organizers distributing free condoms amid COVID-19 restrictions: report

Condoms in packaging. Istock

Story at a glance

  • Bejing Winter Olympics organizers are reportedly keeping up with tradition and distributing condoms to athletes within the games’ closed loop system.
  • Condom distribution has been a fundamental feature of life in athlete’s quarters since 1988 Seoul Olympics.
  • The 2022 Winter Games, scheduled to begin Feb. 4, will operate within a strict closed-loop system that separates athletes from the surrounding community.

Bejing Winter Olympics organizers are reportedly keeping up with tradition and distributing condoms to athletes within the games’ closed loop system despite otherwise strict COVID-19 mitigation measures.  

Organizers told Reuters on Tuesday that “all Olympic-related units will provide appropriate quantities of condoms for free at the appropriate time to people who’ve checked in to stay inside the loop.” Yet games organizers did not immediately convey to the outlet how many condoms they intend to dole out.  

Reuters noted that condom distribution has been a fundamental feature of life in athlete’s quarters since the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Tokyo Olympic organizer said ahead of the games in August they intended to pass out around 150,000 condoms, according to the outlet.  


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The 2022 Winter Games, scheduled to begin Feb. 4, will operate within a strict closed-loop system that separates athletes from others associated with the games, as well as the surrounding community. CBS News reported that athletes will be sequestered from the public within an enclosed area and travel between games venues and their hotels on private buses.  

Athletes will additionally undergo daily COVID-19 testing despite vaccination status.  


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