During the Sydney Olympics, 70,000 condoms were distributed to athletes for their use but they ran out so fast that another 20,000 had to be brought in. Learning their lesson, officials for the Athens games provided 130,000 condoms free of charge to athletes. At the meticulously manicured 66 hectare Olympic village, BOCOG officials have done such a wonderful job preparing everything from Peking Duck to Chinese massage, calligraphy lessons, live Chinese folk music and armies of smiling volunteers to keep athletes entertained that they decided they could do without the condom gift-bags this year. Alcohol has been banned in the village (with all the wonderful Chinese tea that you can have, why would you want to booze?) and the inhouse 90s pop disco shuts down at midnight, leading Catherine Bremer of Reuters to declare in this amusing article — “the evening entertainment sucks”. We also loved this complaint made in broken English by Kazakh canoeing trainer Alexandr Davydov which pretty much sums up what life is like within the village:
“Is too many smiley and good behavior. No TV and no frozen… Just sitting in the apartment each night…”
TIME Magazine estimates that 10,000 prostitutes serviced some 150,000 clients daily during the Sydney Games, leading officials at Athens to consider licensing more brothels to meet surging demand. Fortunately, their successors BOCOG haven’t had to deal with this headache because prostitutes do not exist in China.
UPDATE: New tip from reader Spelunker: BOCOG has actually prepared 100,000 condoms. Looks like even the Shanghai Daily which reprinted the above article was wrong about it all.