The Olympics didn’t design anti-sex beds to stop athletes from hooking up
The rumour that Olympic athletes have been given “anti-sex” beds made of cardboard has been debunked.
Rumours started circulating over the weekend that Tokyo Olympics officials had designed flimsy cardboard beds for athletes that completely collapsed under the pressure of two (or more) people.
American 2016 silver medalist Paul Chelimo tweeted that the beds were an attempt to avoid “intimacy among athletes”.
After the mythical beds quickly made headlines, Irish gymnast Rhys McClenaghan single-handedly debunked the idea that the beds would collapse under rigorous movement.
“In today’s episode of fake news at the Olympic games, the beds that are meant to be anti-sex,” McClenaghan said, standing astride his bed in the Olympic Village.
“They are made out of cardboard, yes. They are meant to break under any sudden movements.”
He proceeded to jump up and down on the cardboard bed, confirming: “It’s fake news”.
The video has garnered almost three million views and was retweeted by the official Olympics Twitter page, which thanked him for “debunking the myth”.
Though they aren’t designed to prevent sexual gymnastics, the cardboard beds are very much real.
They were planned long before the spread of COVID-19 as part of the Tokyo Olympics’ dedication to recycling.
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