We're just a few weeks from the start of the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics. Over 10,000 athletes will descend on Rio to compete for some of the most sought-after awards in sport. Many of them will also be having a lot of sex. At least, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) must think so, because they've ordered a record-setting number of condoms for the Olympic Village.
Being shipped to Brazil: 350,000 male condoms, 100,000 female condoms, and 175,000 packets of lubricant, according to the Daily Beast. That's more than three times the number of condoms shipped to the London Olympics, which were called the "raunchiest games ever."
“It is an absolutely huge allocation of condoms,” Olympic rowing medallist Zac Purchase told The Guardian. “But it is all so far from the truth of what it’s like to be in there. It’s not some sexualized cauldron of activity. We’re talking about athletes who are focused on producing the best performance of their lives.”
There are certainly a couple explanations outside of general randiness for why there are 42 condoms available for every athlete. Though the Olympic Committee isn't saying it, fears about the Zika virus are certainly one driving force. Another is that this is the first time that the IOC is distributing female condoms, which may also be driven by fears about Zika.