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Hi, Hello, 300,000 Condoms Will Be Provided for Athletes at the 2024 Paris Olympics

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Hi, The Olympics' Intimacy Ban Has Been Liftedpicture alliance - Getty Images

The Olympics are set to return to Paris this summer, and we're so ready to crowd around the TV and cheer on athletes during the swimming, surfing, and gymnastics tournaments, among others. The time will come before we know it, but in the meantime, details about the iconic event are being unraveled (like a piece of the Eiffel Tower being in each of the medals... casual!).

The latest news to come from the Olympics, you ask? Well, the intimacy ban that was originally put in place for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics has been lifted for the 2024 Paris Olympics. Meaning: some of these athletes will likely treat this like an American Pie-esque summer camp. According to Laurent Michaud, the director of the Olympic Village—aka where all the athletes stay during the event—the space will be stocked with 300,000 condoms to promote safe sex practices.

Per CBS News, the intimacy ban for the 2020 Olympics was placed to prevent the spread of Coronavirus as the games were being held during the COVID-19 pandemic. Athletes were reportedly asked to limit physical contact with each other (except during their tournaments, ofc) and social distance with six and a half feet between them. Now, the Paris Olympics are on the horizon as it's taking place from July 26 to August 11, and Laurent Michaud revealed that the Village will hold about 14,250 residents for this year's games—and they're "aiming to have 300,000 condoms for the athletes."

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A condom distribution machine at the Olympic and Paralympic Village for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Buda Mendes - Getty Images

The tradition of providing condoms at the Olympics actually started at the 1988 Seoul Olympics to raise awareness for the HIV and AIDS epidemic. Though there was an intimacy ban for the Tokyo games in 2020, CBS reports that 150,000 condoms were still passed out even though they couldn't be used under the intimacy rules that were put in place.

"The distribution of condoms is not for use at the athletes' village, but to have athletes take them back to their home countries to raise awareness [of HIV and AIDS]," Olympic organizers told Reuters at the time.

Not only will condoms be passed out this time around—there will also be an Olympic Village sports bar for the athletes to hang out at in between tournaments. According to Michaud, there won't be any alcohol at the bar, "But it's going to be a great place so they can share their moment and the environment here." He continued, "No champagne in the village, of course, but they can have all the champagne they want to in Paris."

Tbh, love this vibe for the athletes.

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