Anti-sex beds at the Olympics put to the test

July 20, 2021

An Irish gymnast disproved the theory in a video he shared on Twitter.

As athletes from all over the world are getting ready for the start of the Olympic Games in Tokyo, some controversy has emerged about the beds athletes are sleeping on. 

The bed frames are made entirely out of cardboard. Initially, a distance runner from the US, Paul Chelimo, posted pictures of the cardboard bed frames to Twitter on Saturday, saying they were “aimed at avoiding intimacy among athletes.” 

The story quickly took off from there with the New York Times running a story that read, “allegedly designed to collapse under the weight of fornicators to discourage sex amid Covid-19”. 

In reaction to this, Irish athlete, Rhys McClenaghan filmed himself jumping on his bed in the athletes’ village of the Tokyo Olympics to disprove a rumour that they are designed to discourage sex. “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. It’s fake, fake news!” he said before vigorously jumping on his cardboard bed. 

Officials have said that the beds are made from cardboard simply to ensure that the games are more eco-friendly. After the games, the beds and mattresses will be recycled. 

They can withstand a weight of about 200 kg, which should be more than enough to hold 2 athletes. 

Japan is currently experiencing a spike in Coronavirus cases, which has led to the decision to ban spectators from all Olympic events.