The distribution of condoms in the Olympic village of the Japanese capital will not be allowed
The Olympics Tokyo 2020 are approaching and we are sure that a lot will change in the coming days. But very special news has already leaked.
The Tokyo Olympics organising committee has stated that athletes participating in the Olympics will be able to bring alcoholic beverages on to Olympic village to be consumed in their rooms, to ensure the distance and therefore the safety of the games during the coronavirus pandemic.
Tradition started and interrupted due to pandemic
At the same time, however, the Olympic committee, in a note, makes it known that to prevent the spread of the virus it will not provide condoms. Thus, an unbroken Olympic tradition that provided for its distribution to the participants during their stay in the village was. This year they will be given away only at the time of their departure.
The tradition was implemented first during the 1988 Seoul Olympics in Korea. On this occasion, condoms were distributed to athletes to limit the “pandemic” of the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, known as AIDS.
Will there be spectators?
The competition venues of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be able to accommodate up to a maximum of 50% of the capacity and in any case no more than 10 thousand spectators. The decision was made during a meeting between the Japanese Government, Tokyo 2020, the International Olympic Committee, the International Paralympic Committee and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. Health experts, on the other hand, were asking for games behind closed doors. Following the Covid-19 pandemic, a few months ago it was decided not to admit foreign audiences to the stadiums and arenas of the Olympics.
For the opening ceremony, the organisers are planning to create a separate space for the officials of the games. Many healthcare professionals are skeptical of spectator participation in events as it could contribute to the spread of the virus. To prevent further problems, Tokyo prolonged the state of emergency, in force since April, until 11July.