[Published on April 30, 1998]
Football's world governing body Fifa hopes to score with fans attending
this summer's World Cup by selling five million condoms exclusive to
The first condoms will be handed out over the coming days on the
Cote d'Azur in the south of France, with 10 tons set to arrive at
Nice airport the next day.
French firm Laboratoire International de Diffusion (LID) won the contract
after stringent tests and beat off competition from English firm Durex,
Germany's Hansaplast and Australian company Manix.
The "soft" condom is stamped with the name of the relevant venue
where it is to be distributed and boxes of them are emblazoned with
"Footix", the cockerel mascot of the tournament.
A proportion of the price will go to Aids charities and could raise up to
US$150,000 (S$240,000) to help fight the disease.