The recycled cardboard beds installed for athletes in the Tokyo Olympic Village are not part of ‘anti-sex’ measures to combat the coronavirus at the Games, the press service of the International Olympic Committee said.
The ‘doubts’ about the true purpose of the material from which the athletes’ beds are made arose a few days before the start of the competition, causing a great resonance. Several athletes mentioned that these beds were intended to avoid intimate contact amid COVID fears and even uploaded their videos.
However, the Olympic Committee statement says the beds are “sturdy” enough and their material should be considered for recycling after the Games, as part of “sustainability” efforts, according to the statement.
“Designed long before the pandemic, the beds are not part of the Tokyo 2020 COVID-19 response. Unveiled in January 2020, the beds at the Tokyo Olympic Village are part of the organizers’ efforts to reduce the waste […] They are made of high-strength cardboard that can support a weight of up to 200 kg “, reads the statement quoted by RIA Novosti.
“They are extremely light and can be easily disassembled for easy transport. The beds will be used by athletes at both the Olympic and Paralympic Games and will be recycled into paper after the Games. They are equipped with modular polyethylene fiber mattresses, which are they will process into plastic products after the Olympics, “the statement added.
Earlier, Irish gymnast Rhys McClenaghan filmed himself repeatedly jumping on a bed to test his endurance, after the New York Post report claimed, referring to the athlete Paul Chelimo, that the beds were deliberately flimsy to promote social distancing.
“It’s fake, fake news!” McClenaghan said in the video posted on Twitter.
The official Olympics Twitter account thanked McClenaghan for “debunking the myth” and added that “sustainable beds are tough!”