Officials at the London Olympics have launched an investigation into how Australian condoms wound up in the athletes’ village without authorisation. Australian cyclist Caroline Buchanan tweeted a photo of a bucket of condoms, with a sign reading “Kangaroo Condoms: for the Gland Down Under”.
Durex is the official prophylactic supplier of the 2012 Olympic Games. The organisers tightly control which brands can be promoted at the Games to stop non-sponsors from getting free publicity. The Australian company, Ansell, and Pasante, a private British company, said they knew nothing about the issue.
150,000 free condoms have been made available to the 10,800 athletes taking part in the London Games, which works out to nearly 15 condoms per Olympic participant. The first time free condoms were provided to athletes was at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992. The International Olympic Committee endorsed the move, saying it helped AIDS awareness and prevention. At the last Olympics in Beijing, organisers supplied 100,000 free condoms. In Sydney in 2000, 70,000 prophylactics were made available, but the organisers had to order an additional 20,000 to meet demand.