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Delhi belly not affecting some athletes' out-of-hours performance

Commonwealth Games organisers are working round the clock to remove condoms from blocked drains.

IT SEEMS THE gastric problems that have affected athletes at the Commonwealth Games hasn’t stopped others from plenty of action after lights out.

Used condoms that have been flushed down the toilet are now blocking drains at the athletes village in Delhi.

Workers are now frantically trying to remove the used prophylactics from pipes and drainage systems at the accommodation blocks that are currently housing more than 7,000 athletes and officials.

Mike Fennell, president of the Commonwealth Games Federation, attempted to put a positive spin on the latest cock-up at the Delhi games:

If that is happening, it shows that there is use of condoms and I think that is a very positive story. Athletes are being responsible.

Relations between athletes at sports event such as these games is not uncommon.

According to the Indian newspaper Mail Today, which broke the story, of the 8,000 free condoms provided in the village, over half have already been snapped up by randy athletes.

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But according to another report on, the number of used condoms could be eventually much higher with one senior games official quoted as saying:

We have already done the filling of the condom vending machines three times. If the present trend continues, by the end of the Games more than 20,000 condoms could be used by athletes from the participating nations.

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Hugh O'Connell

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