Olympics officials clarify: Cardboard beds were made for sustainability


  • When people found out that the beds for athletes in the Olympics Village were made out of sustainable cardboard, they immediately jumped to the conclusion that they were made to discourage intimacy among athletes amid the pandemic.
  • Several athletes, media outlets, and comedians poked fun at the “anti-sex” beds.
  • The Games organizers debunked this as “fake news,” however, saying the beds were designed for sustainability and can hold up to 441 pounds.

Over the weekend, rumors erupted that the organizers of the Tokyo Olympics set up “anti-sex” cardboard beds to prevent the athletes from getting intimate amid the pandemic.

The rumor may have been spurred on by a tweet from Olympic runner Paul Chelimo:


Soon, several other media reported on these “anti-sex beds” at the Olympics.

A July 18 Facebook post claimed, “The beds are recyclable and expected to break with any sudden movements.”

A much earlier claim, dated Feb. 19, read: “Tokyo Olympics installs cardboard beds inside Olympic Village to discourage Athletes from engaging in sexual activity.”

But the Olympics organizers refuted these claims and explained that the beds were made of cardboard for sustainability and not to discourage intimacy.

According to Inside The Games, the beds are actually sturdy enough to support up to 441 pounds, which is more than twice the average weight of an American man.

Airweave, the Japanese bedding company that designed the beds, will be providing 18,000 cardboard beds and polyethylene mattresses.

Takashi Kitajima, a Tokyo 2020 organizer in charge of the athletes’ village, assured that the cardboard beds are not only sustainable but also comfortable.

Inside The Games reported, “(The beds) will be recycled into paper products after the Games, with the mattress components recycled into new plastic products. This will be the first time in Olympic and Paralympic history that all beds and bedding are made almost entirely from renewable materials.”

The Olympics officials also thanked Irish gymnast Rhys McClenaghan for debunking the “fake news” rumor by sharing a video of him jumping on one of the beds.


Olympic athletes have been known to spend their free time on intimate activities. The Games have also been known to distribute contraceptives. This year, however, the organizers plan to give out 150,000 condoms only as a parting gift — not to be used in the athletes’ village but to be taken home to spread the message of safe sex.


Source: USA Today

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