This article was initially published with a headline: “Athletes Forced To Sleep On ‘Anti-Sex’ Beds At Tokyo Olympic Village”, which was a misleading and false claim as the cardboard beds were made to be more sustainable.

Therefore, we erased the false information and corrected the content of the article, so the new, updated version contains accurate information only.

Source: USA Today

Just days before the Olympic games begin, rumours erupted that the athletes were being given cardboard beds to discourage intimacy.

The false claims that Olympians would be forced to sleep on so-called “anti-sex” beds quickly spread across social media after runner Paul Chelimo tweeted about it on July 16.

These cardboard beds were made to be more sustainable – not to discourage any action between the sheets.

The eco-friendly beds, made of cardboard, were installed in all of the dorms at the huge 44-hectare Olympic Village in the Harumi district of the country’s capital.

With a max weight of 200kg, the beds were falsely rumoured to collapse if competitors tried anything too saucy.

Gymnast Rhys McClenaghan debunked the “fake news” by jumping on one of the beds in a Twitter video on July 17.

The manufacturer of the beds confirmed that athletes would encounter no problems ‘as long as they stick to just two people in the beds’.

Speaking to AFP, makers Airweave said: “We’ve conducted experiments, like dropping weights on top of the beds.

“As long as they stick to just two people in the bed, they should be strong enough to support the load.”

Takashi Kitajima, general manager of the Tokyo 2020 Athletes Village, ensured people that all of the beds will be recycled after the games.

He said: “We prefer not to destroy things we build but continue to use them — this is a major element for providing sustainability.”

However, Tokyo officials did confirm that the condoms usually gifted to athletes upon their arrival at the games will only be handed out after the event.

The decision was announced on Sunday by local news agency Kyodo News.

Free condoms have been issued to Olympians since 1998 in a bid to prevent the transmission of HIV.


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There is a very strict plan of action on the part of Tokyo’s authorities in stemming the spread of coronavirus at the games.

Socializing outwith regular circles is discouraged, and a reported 18,000 people have been banned from leaving the complex.

Alcohol will be allowed into the Olympic Village, but the athletes must consume it in their rooms and with their roommates.

In the dining hall, masks must be worn at all times, unless an athlete is drinking or eating, and a distance of 2 metres must be adhered to at all times.

The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games will commence on July 23, and many Japanese citizens are worried that it will have a serious impact on their country’s ability to deal with the deadly virus.

According to a poll conducted by Kyodo News, 86% of participants have concerns about the inevitable surge in cases if the games are allowed to continue.

In an attempt to calm tensions, the International Olympic Committee has revealed that 80% of attendees will have been vaccinated by the start of the games.

Also, each stadium will only hold a maximum of 10,000 fans.

This article was amended on July 21, 2021, to remove the false claims about the cardboard bed being used to discourage sex.

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