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Thursday, August 09, 2012

Olympics kills off satire

I have come a bit late to this article which was brought to my attention through a retweet on Twitter. However, that did not reduce my open-mouthed astonishment as I read it.

The Guardian reports that London 2012 are investigating how a bucket of unofficial condoms found its way into the athletes' village without official consent. They say that the Australian BMX cyclist Caroline Buchanan tweeted a photograph of the bucket, which featured a sign reading "Kangaroos condoms, for the gland down under", and a picture of a boxing kangaroo.

They say that she joked that the bucket seemed to back up rumours that the village becomes a hot bed of activity as thousands of competitors complete their events and celebrate after years of working to get to the Olympics – tweeting: "Haha, the rumours are true. Olympic village."

Barcelona started the trend of supplying free condoms to athletes when the Spanish city held the Olympics in 1992, with the International Olympic Committee endorsing the move.

The London Olympic organisers 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 spokeswoman said they were trying to find out who distributed the Kangaroo condoms, with the container shown to hold condoms from Durex's rivals Ansell Ltd, an Australian company, and Pasante, a private British firm.

She said athletes and officials were allowed to bring products into the village for their personal use.

"We will look into this and ask that they are not handed out to other athletes because Durex are our supplier," said the spokeswoman.

Organisers tightly control which brands can be promoted at the Games, striking sponsorship deals with a limited number of companies and trying to stop non-sponsors from getting free publicity on the back of the Olympics.

Utterly bizarre.
Apparently the Norwegian Resistance asked for Large Condoms, to put over their Sten Guns, stop snow getting into the barrel...Churchill agreed the shipment of condoms on the condition that they were imbosted, "Medium" & "Made in England" on them.

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