FILE PHOTO: The beds for use by the athletes on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Video games, made partially from recyclable cardboard, are displayed throughout a press preview in Tokyo, Japan January 9, 2020, on this picture taken by Kyodo. Necessary credit score Kyodo/through REUTERS
July 19, 2021
(Reuters) – Irish gymnast Rhys McClenaghan has debunked the concept the cardboard-framed beds for athletes within the Tokyo Olympic Village weren’t sturdy sufficient to resist vigorous exercise and had been due to this fact “anti-sex” – by recording himself leaping up and down on the one in his room.
Organisers mentioned athletes competing within the Video games would sleep on mattress frames comprised of recyclable cardboard and mattresses product of polyethylene supplies that may be reused to make plastic merchandise after the Video games.
Producer Airweave mentioned the beds may help round 200 kilograms however some media reviews claimed they had been made out of cardboard to break down underneath the load of multiple individual to advertise social distancing amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
American distance runner Paul Chelimo wrote on Twitter on Saturday that the choice to have cardboard beds was “aimed toward avoiding intimacy amongst athletes.”
McClenaghan took to Twitter to debunk the concept.
“The beds are supposed to be ‘anti-sex’ … They’re made out of cardboard, sure, and apparently they’re meant to interrupt at any sudden actions… It’s pretend! Pretend information,” he mentioned whereas leaping on his mattress in a video clip.
The official Olympics Twitter account thanked McClenaghan in a tweet on Monday for clearing up the matter and added: “The sustainable cardboard beds are sturdy.”
Organisers plan to provide away about 150,000 condoms on the Video games, however are telling athletes to take them house slightly than use them within the village the place social distancing guidelines and coronavirus measures are high precedence.
Olympics officers on Sunday reported the primary COVID-19 case amongst rivals within the village the place a lot of the 11,000 athletes are anticipated keep in the course of the July 23-Aug. 8 Video games.
(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Enhancing by Hugh Lawson)