From Sakura Murakami
TOKYO (Reuters) – Tokyo Olympics organizers are planning to give away around 150,000 condoms at the Games next month, but are urging athletes to take them home instead of using them in the Olympic Village, where social distancing rules and coronavirus measures have top priority.
Since the 1988 Seoul Olympics, many condoms have been distributed to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS, and organizers said the International Olympic Committee requested their further distribution.
But athletes have been told to keep their distance, which means fewer opportunities to share and more.
“The condom distribution is not for the athletes’ village, but for the athletes to bring them back to their home countries to raise awareness of HIV and AIDS issues,” Tokyo 2020 said in an email response in response to questions from Reuters.
Officials have already banned foreign viewers and are asking those attending the delayed event to show their support by clapping instead of cheering or singing to reduce the risk of the virus spreading.
Eating has become another problem that needs to be addressed. Originally, the organizers planned to feed the residents of the village in huge dining rooms – the largest with a capacity of 4,500 people at a time.
But now organizers will ask athletes to dine alone, maintain social distance from others, and wipe surfaces after eating.
“Without the appropriate measures, only one person is needed to bring the virus in and spread it, especially in places like the athletes’ village,” said Nobuhiko Okabe, one of the infectious disease specialists who advised Tokyo 2020 on its coronavirus measures, at a press conference on Friday .
“We have to do everything we can to make sure there is no outbreak and we really need the cooperation of all athletes and delegations to make this work,” he added.
(Reporting by Sakura Murakami; editing by Lincoln Feast.)