WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Olympic athletes will be sleeping on “anti-sex” beds to prevent intimacy amid the coronavirus pandemic.
- The Games’ organizers set up 18,000 recyclable cardboard beds in the athletes’ village.
- The beds were reportedly designed to withstand only the weight of one person.
The organizers of the Tokyo Olympics have set up “anti-sex” beds to discourage athletes from getting together amid the coronavirus pandemic.
According to Dezeen magazine, 18,000 cardboard beds have been set up in the athletes’ village. The beds were reportedly designed to withstand only the weight of one person.
Olympic officials had previously warned athletes to avoid two-person push-ups to minimize contact.
American distance runner Paul Chelimo joked about it in a tweet that read, “Beds to be installed in Tokyo Olympic Village will be made of cardboard, this is aimed at avoiding intimacy among athletes. Beds will be able to withstand the weight of a single person to avoid situations beyond sports. I see no problem for distance runners, even 4 of us can do.”
The Japanese company Airweave designed the 100 percent recyclable cardboard beds.
While officials are aware that the makeshift beds are not enough to discourage players, they have warned that such activities could get them in trouble, especially amid the pandemic.
So they are still distributing a cache of condoms to the athletes, which has been done at every Olympic Games since 1988. However, they will only be distributing 160,000 this year, compared to the 450,000 distributed in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2016. Olympic officials maintained that these are meant to be taken back to the athletes’ home countries to spread the message of safe sex.
The Tokyo Olympics Organizing Committee told Japan Today, “Our intent and goal is not for athletes to use the condoms at the Olympic Village, but to help with awareness by taking them back to their own countries.”
As of Sunday, two athletes at the Tokyo Olympic Village have already tested positive for COVID-19. A foreign visitor involved in the Games’ planning, who also resided in the village, tested positive a day earlier.
Source: FOX Sports