By Temba Ol’ltichil’lo in London
Condoms manufacturer Durex says it is on standby to replenish supplies should athletes run out before the end of the 17-day sporting extravaganza.
Athletes say that sexual encounters are rampant in the games village and the supply of free condoms is an important and welcome move. The 150,000 condoms so far given out in London is already far higher than the 100,000 condoms made available to athletes in Beijing four years ago.
Condoms are not the only thing in the league of big numbers.
The games, as I mentioned in this column earlier this week, cost £10 billion or Kes 1.3 trillion. Some 10,500 athletes are participating from 205 countries. One country paraded itself as “The former Yugoslavia Republic of Macedonia”, which left me wondering whether it was an actual country. Then an athlete who fled South Sudan as a child was allowed to compete as an “independent”. Surely, the man can run for South Sudan, which is an actual country, or the United States where he lives?
Some 8.8 million tickets are available for the 26 Olympic sports (and 39 disciplines) – ranging from archery to football, beach volleyball, basketball, to the all-important track and field events. On average 60,000 people who have purchased Olympics tickets or have reserved seats have failed to show up.
Purchasing ticket prices has been a major pain. Opening ceremony tickets cost as much as £2012 (Kes 270,000) each. Closing ceremony tickets will range from £655 to £1500.
To watch David Rudisha run the final of the 800 metres, you will need to fork out up to £725 (Kes 94,250) for a seat in the Olympics stadium.