The medical sub-committee of the 18th National Sports Festival has distributed thousands of condoms to athletes, coaches and technical officials participating in the ongoing 18th National Sports Festival.
The committee, in conjunction with Aids Preventive Initiative Nigeria, the Lagos State Ministry of Health, National Committee Against Aids and UNICEF, has established various stands where athletes and, indeed, numerous visitors to events venues go for Aids tests and counselling.
“At the Teslim Balogun Stadium alone, we have at least five stands,” one of the workers volunteered.
As at Monday, checks revealed that over 35,000 male and 21,000 female condoms have been given out at the various centres, including Rowe Park Sports Complex, YABATECH, UNILAG, at the National Stadium.
In 2004, the International Olympic Committee signed a memorandum of understanding with the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS in Lausanne, Switzerland, agreeing to use its leverage to help combat the dreaded AIDS/HIV.
As part of its commitment to fighting the dreaded disease, the IOC distributes hundreds of thousands of condoms to athletes at the Olympic Games.