As athletes land on Tokyo To the Olympic Games, many find in their rooms the main furniture, the bed, made of an unusual material: cardboard.
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Following the Games guidelines for a “green” Olympics, for the awards, the medals were made of disposable electronics. The modular beds, manufactured by the Japanese company Airweave, will be recyclable for the first time.
However, in times of coronavirus and social distancing, athletes have been questioning the real reason for a bed made of paper: not to support more than one person.
On Twitter, American runner Paul Chelimo said the beds couldn’t support more than one person and were “made to avoid intimacy between athletes.” Thus, the beds started to be labeled on social networks as “anti-sexo”.
However, another athlete decided to test the bed’s resistance. Rhys McClenaghan, a gymnast from Ireland, posted a video on Twitter of jumping on the bed and saying the rumors are “false news”.
“Anti-sex” beds at the Olympics pic.twitter.com/2jnFm6mKcB
— Rhys Mcclenaghan (@McClenaghanRhys) July 18, 2021
In a statement, Airweave said, “Cardboard beds are stronger than those made of wood or steel.” Covered by modular mattresses, which can be adjusted to fit different athletes’ bodies, the beds can support up to 200 kilos. 18,000 beds will be used at the Olympics and 8,000 at the Paralympics.
However, it is still recommended that athletes maintain social detachment during competitions, including hugs and handshakes. So that there are no parties in the Olympic Village, the sale of alcoholic beverages is prohibited.
In order to avoid safe sex, since the Seoul Games in 1988, condoms have been provided to athletes. In order not to encourage contact, in this edition, a third of the 450,000 condoms made available at the Rio Olympics will be distributed five years ago.
Last week, cases of infected people were confirmed in the hotel of the Brazilian delegation, and three cases in the athletes’ village.
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