While most people watching the Olympics are impressed with the athletes, there’s someone else who is garnering some attention for his efforts.
A man named Eric has gone viral on Twitter after SB Nation reporter Rodger Sherman shared a picture of him dishing out condoms in the Olympic village.
Rodger shared the snap of Eric, who can be seen wearing a huge bag of condoms around his neck, with the caption : ‘Meet Eric, the guy whose job is to walk around the Olympics with a big sack of condoms’.
A man named Eric has gone viral on Twitter after SB Nation reporter Rodger Sherman shared a picture of him dishing out condoms in the Olympic village with the caption: ‘Meet Eric, the guy whose job is to walk around the Olympics with a big sack of condoms’
The snap, which sees Eric with his thumb up, has been retweeted 9,309 times and has over 11,000 likes. After the tweet was published, others took to the site in their droves to salute Eric’s efforts.
’Most COOL job in Brazil,’ wrote one user, whilst another added: ‘Handing out condoms is always a fun and vital job. Go Eric!’
About 450,000 condoms will be distributed during the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, three times more than for the London Games four years ago, the International Olympic Committee said.
This equates to 42 condoms per games participant – so it’s little surprise that Eric was laden with so many.
While most condoms seem to have been provided through handy vending machine, the organisers seemingly wanted to make it as easy as possible for athletes to get their hands on as many condoms as they need – hence Eric’s large bag of the contraceptives.
About 450,000 condoms will be distributed during the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, three times more than for the London Games four years ago, the International Olympic Committee has said.
He is joined by a mini condom team, who are together promoting safe sex through condom distribution.
Part of the reason for Rio’s record-breaking allocation was because 100,000 female condoms will be available for the first time, along with 350,000 condoms for men. About 175,000 packets of lubricant are also being supplied.
The IOC says the condoms, which are known as ‘Little shirts of venus’ in Brazil, would encourage 10,500 athletes and staff to practice safe sex.
Roger Sherman’s tweet got a huge response on the social media site, with many users responding that ‘not all heroes wear capes’ and appreciating the work Eric and his team are carrying out.
The athlete’s village has a reputation for promiscuity and condoms have been supplied since the 1988 Olympics in Seoul.
Australian swimmer Melanie Schlanger, 29, lifted the lid on what really goes on behind the scenes in the Olympic Village, saying athletes will not be abstaining from sex during the games.
The IOC are hopeful that the provision of 450,000 condoms will encourage athletes to practice safe sex.
’Let’s just say there is a very good reason there are so many free condoms in the village. This year I expect Tinder will be very popular,’ Schlanger told News Corp.
It’s not clear if this year’s increase is related to Brazil’s outbreak of the Zika virus.
The Zika virus is carried by mosquitoes, but can also be transmitted sexually. The virus is linked to microcephaly, a condition in which babies are born with undersized brains and skulls.
The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) has taken extra precautions for its athletes, teaming up with pharmaceutical company Starpharma Holdings Ltd to produce special Zika virus-proof condoms for the team.