Organizers said cardboard beds in Tokyo’s Olympic Village were “strong” on Monday after a report warned they did not have enough strength to have sex. Irish gymnast Rhys McClenaghan filmed herself repeatedly jumping out of bed to prove the point in the New York Post report that the beds were deliberately weak to promote social protest. “The beds are anti-sex. They’re made of cardboard, yes, but apparently they’re meant to break with sudden movements. It’s fake – fake news!” McClenaghan said in a video posted on Twitter.
Twitter The official Twitter account for the Olympics thanked McLenaghan for “revealing the myth,” “the durable beds are strong!”
– Olympic Games (@Olympics) July 19, 2021
The New York Post report was based on a tweet from U.S. long distance runner Paul Chelimo, apparently, according to runner Paul Chelimo, the cardboard beds were “intended to prevent intimacy between athletes.”
“Beds (only) will be able to support the weight of a single person to avoid situations beyond the sport,” he tweeted.
This is not the first time that beds have been questioned that express a commitment to sustainability.
In January, manufacturer Airweave said it could weigh 200 pounds (440 pounds) and undergo rigorous stress tests after Australian basketball player Andrew Bogut questioned their duration.
“We have done experiments, like falling weights on beds,” a spokesman told AFP.
“If only two people are stuck in the bed, they should be strong enough to hold the load.”
Thousands of athletes will remain at the Olympic Games in the Tokyo Games delayed by the 2020 Pandemic, which begins on Friday.
Despite being warned to “avoid unnecessary physical contact,” organizers are expected to distribute 160,000 condoms.
But the organizing committee told AFP: “The distributed condoms are not intended for use in the Olympic Village.”
Instead, they assumed that “athletes will be brought to their countries of origin and brought to support the awareness campaign (on HIV / AIDS)”.
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