Rio 2016: Tinder bags a gold at the Olympics

  • Shrenik Avlani, Hindustan Times, Rio de Janeiro
  • Updated: Aug 17, 2016 11:55 IST
It is not just athletes, even volunteers, workers at Olympic venues and fans, as also police and army personnel are busy looking for a match. (HT PHOTO)

The Rio Olympic Games set a record by handing out 42 condoms to each athlete, which makes it a whopping 450,000 condoms (350,000 condoms and 100,000 female condoms) to 10,500 athletes competing at the Summer Games.

Add to it 175,000 packets of lubricants. That’s preparation for a lot of sex in two weeks for any kind of competition, let alone the biggest sporting competition, which demands athletes perform at the highest level all the time.

Tinder is ensuring the condoms and lubricants are being put to good use. Dating apps such as Tinder are on fire in and around the Olympic Village, where the athletes and coaches are staying, and other Olympic venues such as the Olympic Park, Copacabana, Maracana, Olympic Stadium, Riocentro and Deodoro.

“I swiped right for Amber, 35, on Sunday and on Monday I saw her in action at the Olympic Stadium where Usain Bolt won his third 100m gold,” said Daniel, a volunteer who gave only his first name in keeping with the Tinder tradition.

“The description on her profile said she was a hammer thrower but I thought she was an enthusiast and fan following Team USA. She turned out to be an Olympian in competition.”

It is not just athletes, even volunteers, workers at Olympic venues and fans, as also police and army personnel are busy looking for a match. “The joke in the Olympic Park is everyone is looking for some fun and the minute they match, they are checking with each other which toilet to meet at,” said Renata, 30, a volunteer from Sao Paulo.


I have been swiping since the day I came here and have visited the nude beach in Barra with a man, gone to have acai with another and drinks with a third. We are in Rio, we got to have fun.”

Fernanda, who has also been swiping in the Olympic Park, has been on four dates — two with Italian men in the first 10 days of the Games, and is figuring out what to do with the other matches she has had.

“The police and security forces have called in loads of reinforcements to ensure safety and peace during the Games. I have found men and women all the way from Manaus up in the northwest corner of the country next to the Amazon on dating apps here. The men and women in uniform deserve to have a good time too. They are usually in great shape, so that is a plus,” she said.

“There are a lot of gringos too. Let’s see who interests me. Maybe, someone from really exotic places such as Mongolia or Angola should be interesting.”

Daniel and Fernanda are also using the dating app Bumble which is quite popular in Brazil. Even Grindr has been busy given that Rio is among the most approving of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transvestite (LGBT) communities.

In Rio and the rest of Brazil, it is common to spot men holding hands and kissing in the public, and the same for women.

In keeping Rio’s reputation, everyone is out to have fun.

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