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Unauthorized batch of condoms finds its way into the Olympic Village

The International Olympic Committee takes branding and sponsorship very, very seriously. During the Olympic Games, athletes aren’t even allowed to appear in advertisements for companies that are not official Olympic sponsors. Simply put, they want as close to 100% of the control over marketing as they can possibly have. Apparently that goes for condoms as well.

The photo that you see above was tweeted by Australian BMX cyclist Caroline Buchanan. As you can see, it shows a bucket of condoms with a clever tag line of “Kangaroo condoms, for the gland down under.” The problem is the condoms were not made by Durex, which is the official condom supplier for the London Olympics. Yes, they have one of those.

“We will look into this and ask that they are not handed out to other athletes because Durex are our supplier,” a spokeswoman for the London Olympic organizers told the Guardian.

The condoms in the quirky basket were produced by Durex rival company Ansell Ltd. from Australia and the privately-owned British firm Pasante. Spokespeople from those companies said they have no association with the London Olympics and suggested it could be a prank. If not, it’s tremendous guerilla advertising.

While it may sound strange that an “unauthorized” bucket of condoms could cause this much of a stir, we’re used to it by now. Durex provided 150,000 free condoms in dispensers around the Olympic Village for the 10,000-plus athletes taking part in the Games. In Vancouver, the Olympic Village required an emergency shipment of condoms because the athletes blew threw the original supply. As Hope Solo could tell you in detail, sex in the Olympic Village is big business. Might as well make it safe.


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  • Gloria Ann Jones

    really, Jeff, what an assumption from someone who has never seen me…I am not unattractive and I am married NUFF SAID :)..I probably could ”get laid” any time anywhere outside of marriage BUT  I choose to go God’s way which is His plan …. BUT …My remarks were about morals … really morals were what I was talking about. NO NAME CALLING no judgement just ”ashamed” of people who are to set examples for young people.  It is called ”self control” ”self discipline” which an athlete has to have to excell at their sport.  It is called for in every walk of life whether you have a faith in Jesus Christ or not…”we reap what we sow” whether believer or not…unfortunately our young people will pay with much physical disease, etc.  Thank you for your comments!  please be kind enough to be civil if you reply!

  • Gloria Ann Jones

    agreed..well said…we can disagree without name calling

  • Gloria Ann Jones

    Bible thumpers are part of the reason we are in America! read your history & be thankful you have the freedom to say what you just said! also let us disagree in an agreeable way without name calling..just saying!

  • Gloria Ann Jones

    I do understand the ”history”  of the Olympics….. and I know the downfall of the ancient Greece … I do realize a lot I did not state BUT self discipline whether believer in Christ or not is still needed …. I do not advocate giving out ”condoms” …. I say exercise some of the discipline for your morals… 

  • Gloria Ann Jones

    its called self discipline which was the purpose of the post as well as ”grow up” …. thank you for your post!

  • Gloria Ann Jones

    did I push anything on you? ….NOT…you read the post of your own free will… thank you for your post!

  • Gloria Ann Jones

    thank you for your reply, Mister_Jones27~

  • Gloria Ann Jones

    that would be my thought as well…self displine is part of their training that I hope would carry over … they are such examples to the young people

  • Gloria Ann Jones

    Dave, I live in GOOD OLE AMERICA! thank God…where I can post what I believe :) … it is call self discipline…we are not animals who act on instint..we are humans with a different thought process… just saying

  • Gloria Ann Jones

    not preaching…just like you aren’t…simply stated an opinion! In America I can have an opinion, right? :) no high horse for me…it is simply about self discipline not anything else

  • Gloria Ann Jones

    we IF older than the younger ARE ALL EXAMPLES…just saying we can choose to be a good one !

  • Gloria Ann Jones

    well said GeorgeStuart.!

  • Gloria Ann Jones

    I do know.

  • Gloria Ann Jones

    interesting to say the least at how one opinion about a PUBLIC newspaper post could get so many responses…thank you all for your thoughts! 

  • Gloria Ann Jones

    since your remarks are about the Lord Jesus Christ, I suggest you direct them to Him..not others! If He is not anything but a lie, why does this upset you? 

  • moderatemark

     How could I direct a comment to someone that doesn’t exist, dummy?!  I’m amazed at the stupidity of Christians…

  • Gloria Ann Jones

    If He is not anything but a lie, why does this upset you?  (the heart of humans was made for worship …. what / who do you worship?) really I would think you could answer that ??  

  • moderatemark

    The heart of humans was made to circulate blood through our bodies.  That’s it.  The idea of god does not upset me…it’s christians who force their beliefs on everyone that does.