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Condoms block drains at Commonwealth Games village

By Lynn Curwin     Oct 8, 2010 in World
Delhi - Thousands of used condoms blocked the drains at the Commonwealth Games village in Delhi after they were flushed down toilets.
Condoms were being supplied free, and a vending machine containing around 4000 packs - with two condoms in each pack - had been installed at the village. The Daily Mail reported that half of them had already been taken. Officials said they would refill the machine if necessary.
"We are not dealing with the garbage inside the Games Village towers. We haven't analysed the exact proportion of degradable and non-degradable garbage. It will be done after the Games," The Daily Mail quoted Municipal Corporation of Delhi Public Relations officer Deep Mathur as saying.
Games chief Mike Fennell said he was happy to see that so many of the athletes were being responsible and are promoting safe sex.
The National AIDS Control Organisation, the Delhi State AIDS Control Society and the Hindustan Latex Family Planning Promotion Trust have installed about 130 condom machines at Games venues, hotels and markets.
The paper reported that there was a shortage of condoms at the Vancouver Winter Olympics, the Beijing Olympic Village and the Sydney Olympics.
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