Who Used The 150,000 Condoms For The Tokyo Olympics?
A few days ago, the slightly weird operation of the Tokyo Olympics was a hot search.
After all, the prevention and control of the epidemic in Japan is still not optimistic. The Tokyo Olympics has a stricter "physical contact" ban than previous ones:
Everyone is asked not to shake hands or hugs as much as possible, and even for health reasons, table tennis players are not allowed to blow the ball or touch the table.
The organizer who "strictly guard against physical contact" will "distribute 150,000 condoms for free"?
Many netizens complained, "The unintelligible news about the Olympic Games in Japan has increased."
The act of distributing condoms itself has also caused considerable controversy:
"Why do the Olympic Games officials still distribute condoms?"
"Who are these condoms for?"
1.The distribution of condoms at the Olympic Games is nothing new
The distribution of condoms at the Olympic Games is not the first in Japan, but has a long history.
In the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea, the organizers began to tentatively provide free condoms to athletes in order to prevent the spread of AIDS and encourage safe sex.
During the Seoul Olympics, the organizers issued a total of 8,500 condoms-the first time in history and the least.
Since then, at each Olympic Games, the organizers will distribute more than 100,000 free condoms to athletes and staff who live together in the Olympic Village.
In the 2012 London Olympics, the number of condoms distributed by the organizing committee has reached 150,000, 14 per capita.
Unexpectedly, all was used up on the fifth day of the game, and the organizers had to urgently order a batch of condoms to be reissued again.
The Mayor of London also joked: "Our slogan is to inspire the next generation, not to'create' the next generation."
Four years later, the 2016 Rio Olympics learned the "lessons" of the London Olympics, and the number of condoms distributed reached a new high:
Faced with more than 10,600 participating athletes, the Brazilian organizers prepared 450,000 condoms very generously.
Counting down, 42 per capita.
This not only broke the “record” of the Olympic Games distributing condoms, it was also the first time that the organizers of the Olympic Games distributed female condoms: as many as 100,000.
At present, this is also the summer Olympic Games that has distributed the largest number of condoms.
At this Olympic Games, the Japanese organizers also made it clear:
Will "follow the tradition" and distribute 150,000 (also known as 160,000) condoms.
Why are you preparing a huge number of condoms?
Is there really someone in the mood to use them during the intense Olympic Games?
2.Who used the condom?
In serious international events like the Olympics, can athletes still care about "solving their physiological needs"?
The answer is yes.
In fact, almost every condom issued by the Olympic Games will be exhausted.
Sex is no longer the secret of the Olympic Village.
Ryan Lochte, the world record holder for the men’s 200-meter individual medley, once said in an interview: “I think 70% to 75% of the players have had sex.”
He also explained openly that many athletes would use this method to "release pressure."
In addition to the "internal digestion" of the athlete group, many athletes and locals also choose to use dating software to find an intimate relationship.
During the 2012 Olympics, within minutes of the arrival of the first Olympic athletes in London, Grindr (the famous dating site) collapsed due to too many logins.
A local in London said: "Either a large number of athletes log on to the website and want to meet other Olympians, or they want to date a local."
Tinder, another software that recommends appointments based on the user's geographic location, has also experienced similar popularity.
In the Rio Olympics in 2016, the utilization rate of Tinder in the Olympic Village increased by 129%.
In the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, Tinder Gold (paid upgrade version) users increased by 1850%.
Are the "physical needs" of athletes really so exuberant?
Researchers at Harvard University conducted a study on 160 male and female athletes and found that people who exercise regularly have more frequent and more enjoyable sex lives.
Olympic athletes not only exercise for a long time, but also secrete endorphins and adrenaline during the competition.
These two substances can be pleasurable and can also increase sexual desire.
Water polo player Tony Azevedo believes that the relationship in the Olympic village is also driven by a simple basic human need:
Be close and company, even if it is fleeting.
"For most Olympic athletes, the road to participating in the Olympics is lonely.
For example, if an Olympic athlete trains from 6 in the morning to 5 in the afternoon, how can he have a chance to meet a suitable person?
Now, (especially after the game) the pressure is gone, you meet like-minded people... Then, it bursts all at once. "
What's more, "No matter what your taste is, the Olympic Village will definitely satisfy you, because the best people on earth are here."
An athlete once commented on the athletes in the Olympic Village: "Even if the appearance is only 7 points, the body is definitely 20 points."
Under the dual drive of psychology and physiology, it is not difficult to understand that athletes in the Olympic Village "cannot help themselves."
3. Will the sex life before the game affect the state of competition?
Many countries have confirmed that athletes need to "abstinence before the game."
During the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Mexico implemented the "abstinence" system, and as a result, it defeated its strong enemy France in the group stage and entered the top 16.
Coach Miguel Herrera believes that this extraordinary performance "is due to the abstinence of the players before the game."
At the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Brazil, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and other teams have also officially announced "abstinence orders."
However, there are many people who oppose "pre-match abstinence".
There is a view that the monotonous and tedious closed training can easily cause excessive nervousness and anxiety in the athletes, which is not conducive to the performance of the competition.
Colombian star Carlos Valderrama once said clearly: "I played with the team in the World Cup but stopped in the top 8 because of the abstinence order at the time."
Although this argument of forcibly throwing the pot is not reliable, the current limited research in the academic world does not support the view that "abstinence is beneficial to competition".
A study by the University of Montreal in Quebec, Canada pointed out that during sex, men consume an average of 101 kcal of energy, while women consume an average of 69.1 kcal.
This intensity is far lower than the energy consumption of jogging. For athletes, it may only be called a warm-up exercise.
A study in "Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness" stated that there is a "2 hour window" for athletes' sexual behavior during the competition.
To put it simply, the heart rate is significantly higher within 5 minutes and 10 minutes after sex, and by 2 hours, the heart rate changes are not obvious.
After 10 hours of stress test, the effect of sexual behavior on heart rate no longer exists.
In addition, studies have pointed out that the brain will release chemicals similar to sleepiness after sex, which can help people divert attention and relieve anxiety and other emotions.
The performance of the game may not depend on whether the athletes abstained sex before the game.
4. Take home as a souvenir
Although the safety, health and physiological needs of athletes have long been paid attention to by previous organizers.
However, it is not so easy for the athletes of the Tokyo Olympics to "applaud for sex love."
When the Tokyo Olympic Committee first announced the release of condoms, it was mocked by netizens: "This seems to run counter to the strict ban on physical contact, right?"
According to the requirements in the Tokyo Olympic Games Participation Manual, all participants are strictly required to "wear masks and maintain a social distance of 2 meters."
When celebrating, in principle, try to avoid shaking hands or hugging. Even the awards are "self-help":
Winners need to pick up the medals from the tray and wear them on their necks.
Athletes are not allowed to wander in downtown Tokyo, or even to take public transportation, let alone a group of people to eat and drink.
In order to restrain the players' "rebellious" psychology, the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee has also set strict punishments for violations.
"Failure to abide by the rules contained in this manual may affect your participation in the Olympic and Paralympic Games, visit to the Olympic venues, and participation in competitions.
Repeated or serious violations of the rules may result in the disqualification of participation in the Olympic and Paralympic Games. "
The daily contact is so strict, almost the official implied the prohibition of intimacy.
In the early days of announcing the release of condoms, many media sarcastically described the attitude of the organizers as: "We will give you condoms, but I warn you not to use them."
However, this ridiculous "stroke between left and right" did not last long.
The final decision announced by the Japanese Olympic Organizing Committee is that this year's 150,000 (or 160,000) free condoms will be distributed in the form of gift bags after the race is over.
As soon as the news was released, there was another ridicule: It's all over, why are you still giving out condoms?
People who think this way may forget that the Olympics did not distribute condoms to "encourage" athletes to have sex.
It is to protect the safety of athletes and publicize AIDS prevention knowledge while taking into account the objective needs of athletes.
Especially in this international competition, many athletes are from underdeveloped countries, condoms are still a scarce product, and the awareness of "protective sex" is not popular enough.
Allowing these athletes to take condoms home and pass on the awareness of "using condoms" may become a channel to popularize knowledge about physiological hygiene to these countries and regions.
As for the strict physical contact ban, some athletes also protested:
"This is the life of an ascetic monk."
However, under the epidemic situation, the most important thing is to be able to return in a healthy and safe manner!