Sleeping rough: Will Olympic athletes really have to sleep on "anti-sex" beds in Tokyo?

Tokyo, Japan - The Olympic committee in Japan has provided specially designed cardboard beds for participants that some say is meant to deter them from having sex in order to curb Covid-19 transmission.

These beds are made of 100% recycled cardboard but are sturdier than they look.
These beds are made of 100% recycled cardboard but are sturdier than they look.  © IMAGO/ ZUMA Wire

Olympic athletes who were already looking forward to the somewhat different sport as a distraction from all the strenuous competition might find themselves bitterly disappointed.

According to the New York Post, all participants will sleep on cardboard beds designed for the weight of only one person, which immediately collapse during sex.

"Beds to be installed in Tokyo Olympic Village will be made of cardboard, this is aimed at avoiding intimacy among athletes," tweeted American long-distance runner Paul Chelimo (30), drawing attention to the oddity. Eighteen thousand of the "anti-sex" beds are said to have already been installed.

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However, other users on Twitter were quick to point out that the beds weren't designed to be "anti-sex" but simply environmentally friendly.

Additionally, Irish gymnast Rhys Mcclenaghan posted a video of himself jumping on one of the cardboard beds, showing it was exceptionally sturdy in design and that it could definitely withstand some moderate love-action.

The 100% recyclable cardboard beds were designed by the Japanese company Airweave.

In more conventional sporting news, Team USA has an action-packed weekend ahead.

Cover photo: IMAGO/ ZUMA Wire

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