Numbers are in from Beijing that paint this Olympiad's cadre of athletes as a prudish lot. I suppose it's one thing to compete in that communist land without taking any sort of stance on human rights, Darfur, or the environment. But that's clearly their prerogative, and one that we can generally understand. But even if they're not sticking their necks out for their beliefs, that doesn't explain why they're not sticking anything else out. See, the majority of the 100,000 condoms set aside for the Olympics have gone unused. If the greatest athletes on our planet can't get laid, what hope is there for the rest of us?
Organizers ran out of prophylactics at the 2000 Sydney Games, which forced Athens organizers to nearly double the total available to 130,000 four years later. “Athletes should know about the condoms—it’s a tradition of the Olympic Games,” said Vhao Wyanli, assistant director at the medical clinic inside the Olympic village. “It’s nothing new.” The 10,500 athletes housed in the Olympic Village have access to the free condoms as part of a campaign on HIV prevention and anti-discrimination.