Irish gymnast Rhys McClenaghan debunks the ‘anti-sex’ bed myth at Olympics
These beds are ready for an Olympic marathon.
The Irish gymnast Rhys Mcclenaghan took to Twitter to debunk the touted theory that the 100-percent recyclable cardboard beds — designed by the Japanese company Airweave — can’t withstand sexual activities between athletes.
“In today’s episode of fake news at the Olympic Games, the beds are meant to be anti-sex. They’re made out of cardboard, yes, but apparently they’re meant to break at any sudden movements,” McClenaghan says in the video, while jumping up and down on the bed.
“It’s fake, fake news!”
On Monday, news of the “anti-sex” beds in the Olympic Village in Tokyo sparked reactions from a number of athletes, as well as the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC), which defended the “strong” beds.
The official Olympics Twitter account thanked McLenaghan for “debunking the myth,” noting “the sustainable cardboard beds are sturdy.”
The makeshift beds will reportedly be “turned into recycled paper after the Games,” according to Tokyo 2020.
“We are promoting the use of recycled materials for procured items and construction materials at the Tokyo 2020 Games,” the Games’ official “Sustainability Pre-Games Report” said.
American distance runner Paul Chelimo chimed in a series of tweets.
“Beds to be installed in Tokyo Olympic Village will be made of cardboard, this is aimed at avoiding intimacy among athletes,” Chelimo tweeted Friday, adding, “Beds will be able to withstand the weight of a single person to avoid situations beyond sports.”
Athlete-on-athlete sex is nothing new at the Olympics. Though the bizarre bed move could be a way to stop the spread of COVID-19, as multiple athletes have tested positive for coronavirus.
Since 1988, the Games have traditionally handed out thousands of free condoms to athletes.
This year, the condom tally is up to 160,000.
“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,” the Tokyo Olympics Organizing Committee said in a statement to Japan Today.
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