New Delhi: Believe it or not, but it is true that around 600 condoms were used every day during the Delhi Commonwealth Games in 2010 as the statistics from the Delhi Government revealed.

In reply to an RTI application filed by RTI activist SC Agrawal, the Health Directorate of Delhi Government said 7680 condoms were dispensed with a daily average of 640 condoms.

Besides the Games village, where nearly 6000 athletes and officials from 77 nations were staying, authorities had installed condom vending machines at major hotels, stadiums, markets, etc encouraging safe sex during the games.

The campaign to promote safe sex started from August 15-December 1, 2010 during which over 3300 condom vending machines were to be installed across the national capital.

Just before the games, over 1200 machines were vandalised or stolen. Two officials in each district were entrusted to visit each machine every week to refill them and report the status to the authorities.

The Delhi State Aids Control Society has said that it installed a condom vending machine at the Polyclinics of the Games village by Hindustan Latex Family Promotion Trust (HLFPT) and National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) during the games to encourage safe-sex among athletes.

(Agencies)