Sport Tokyo Olympic beds are sturdy, IOC says after 'anti-sex' report

07:32  19 july  2021
07:32  19 july  2021 Source:   afp.com

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Amid rumors that the International Olympic Committee ( IOC ) made the beds in a way that allows them to withstand the weight of only one person and any sudden movement would cause it to collapse, McClenaghan jumped up and down on his bed to find out whether the reports were true. After successfully making several jumps without breaking the bed , the athlete dubbed the speculation about " anti - sex " beds "fake news". "On today's episode of fake news at the Olympic Games, the beds are meant to be anti - sex ," McClenaghan is heard saying in his video.

Beds to be installed in Tokyo Olympic Village will be made of cardboard, this is aimed at avoiding intimacy among athletes. Beds will be able to withstand the weight of a single person to avoid situations beyond sports. It's understood that the beds will be removed and recycled once the games are finished, with the village being turned into luxury apartments. But this is just one of the rules participants are being asked to adhere to during the tournament. According to reports , athletes will also not be allowed to buy alcohol and bring it into the village with them, while family are also banned from the site.

The cardboard beds at the Tokyo Olympic Village are "sturdy", organisers reassured on Monday, after a report warned they weren't strong enough for sex.

a bedroom with a bed in a room: The beds at the Tokyo Olympic Village are made of recyclable cardboard © Akio KON The beds at the Tokyo Olympic Village are made of recyclable cardboard

Irish gymnast Rhys McClenaghan filmed himself jumping repeatedly on a bed to prove the point, after the report in the New York Post claimed the beds were deliberately flimsy to promote social distancing.

"The beds are meant to be anti-sex. They're made out of cardboard, yes, but apparently they're meant to break with sudden movements. It's fake -- fake news!" McClenaghan said in the video posted on Twitter.

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Athletes at the Tokyo Olympics will be given ' anti - sex ' beds in the Olympic village as organisers attempt to curtail the spread of Coronavirus in the Olympic bubble. The IOC announced last month that the games – for the first time in their history – would take place behind closed doors due to a surge of Covid The beds will be made out of cardboard and they are designed to only be able to withstand the weight of one person. They will also supposedly break if any sudden movements occur before they can be conveniently recycled once used. This news comes after Olympians were warned not to use any

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The official Olympics Twitter account thanked McLenaghan for "debunking the myth", adding "the sustainable beds are sturdy!"

The report in the New York Post was based on a tweet, apparently tongue-in-cheek, by US distance runner Paul Chelimo who said the cardboard beds were "aimed at avoiding intimacy among athletes".

"Beds will (only) be able to withstand the weight of a single person to avoid situations beyond sports," he tweeted.

It's not the first time the beds, which signal a commitment to sustainability, have come into question.

In January, manufacturer Airweave said they can withstand a weight of 200 kilos (440 pounds) and have been through rigorous stress tests, after Australian basketball player Andrew Bogut queried their durability.

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"We've conducted experiments, like dropping weights on top of the beds," a spokesperson told AFP.

"As long as they stick to just two people in the bed, they should be strong enough to support the load."

Thousands of athletes will stay at the Olympic Village during the pandemic-delayed 2020 Tokyo Games, which start on Friday.

Despite warnings to "avoid unnecessary forms of physical contact", organisers are expected to hand out 160,000 condoms.

But the organising committee told AFP: "The distributed condoms are not meant to be used at the Olympic Village."

Instead they are supposed to be "brought back by athletes to their respective home countries and to help them support the campaign to raise awareness (about HIV/AIDS)", it added.


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