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SBD Global/August 8, 2012/Olympics

LOCOG To Investigate How Unofficial Condoms Turned Up In Olympic Village

The London Games are investigating "how a bucket of unofficial condoms found its way into the Athletes' Village without official consent," according to REUTERS. LOCOG "provided 150,000 free condoms in dispensers for the 10,800 athletes at the Games," supplied by Durex, which paid for the supply rights. A LOCOG spokesperson said that "they were trying to find out who distributed the Kangaroo condoms." The container shown to hold condoms from Durex's rivals -- Australian company Ansell Ltd. and private British firm Pasante. She also said that athletes and officials "were allowed to bring products into the Village for their personal use." She continued, "We will look into this and ask that they are not handed out to other athletes because Durex are our supplier." An Ansell spokesperson said that her company "knew nothing about the issue and it could well be a prank." She said, "We have had no official participation or association with the Olympics at all." Pasante Managing Dir Lawrence Boon said that his company "had no involvement with the distribution of condoms in the Athletes' Village" and he "suspected it was a prank by the Australian team" (REUTERS, 8/7).
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