Due to the impact of HIV and AIDS on the sporting world, the IOC demonstrates its genuine concern for the athletes in the Olympics and all the potential Olympians that reside in countries ravaged by the disease. Thus, the IOC has established a framework that anyone can follow if they want to really put up a fight against HIV and AIDS.
In 2004, the IOC signed a memorandum of understanding with the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) in Lausanne, Switzerland, agreeing to use its leverage to help combat the devastating disease.
To do so, the IOC developed a toolkit that is passed out to coaches and other sports administrators as a guide to help them share information about the disease to athletes. The guide has all the basics of AIDS, such as what it is and how it can be prevented, but it also includes a section specifically about the relationship between sports and HIV.
Additionally, the IOC strongly encourages any Olympic athletes that have HIV or AIDS to make their condition public, thus helping to end some of the stigma attached to the disease.
The kits have been so effective, national Olympic committees (NOC) of countries with high prevalence of AIDS cases have implemented their own initiatives.
The Kenyan NOC partners with the National AIDS Control Council to bring in athletes to talk about AIDS prevention, while the NOC of South Africa hosts an annual walk to raise money for AIDS research and preventive projects.
This narrative plays out in over 10 other countries, each modifying the kit to fit the needs of its people. The work of the IOC is a wonderful example of how a powerful organization can positively impact people by giving them tools to protect themselves against AIDS.
Although the distribution of 100,000 condoms to Olympic athletes might be seen as provocative, it’s important not to lose focus on the real reason why those condoms are so crucial.
To give you an idea of how crazy things get at the Olympics check out these Crazy Anecdotes From ESPN’s Story On Sex At The Olympic Village
1. At the 2000 Sydney Games, US javelin competitor Breaux Greer had sex with three women every day for 2 weeks.
2. US soccer player Hope Solo snuck a celebrity into her room after winning gold at the 2008 Beiging Games, but won’t say who (rumour has it that it’s Vince Vaughn)
At the 1994 Winter Olympic games, Skier Carrie Sheinberg said two German bobsledders tried to trade her their gold medals for “some group fun”
4. At the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver six athletes from Germany, Canada, and Austria were involved in an orgy in a whirlpool at a house outside the Village.
Here’s what US Gold Medal Swimmer Ryan Lochte had to say just before leaving for the games “My last Olympics, I had a girlfriend, big mistake. Now I’m single, so London should be really good. I’m excited.”
So now you see why that many condoms are needed! Sodom & Gomorrah ain’t got nothing on the Olympic Village!