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Athletes given ‘anti-sex’ beds at Tokyo Olympics, theory debunked

The beds are made of cardboard, and some netizens also said setting up recyclable Olympic villages was the right way to go.

By: Trends Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: July 28, 2021 8:15:35 am
tokyo olympics, tokyo 2020, tokyo 2021, tokyo olympics social distancing, tokyo olympics corona, twitter reactions,Trending news, Viral news, Indian Express newsIn a Twitter thread, Rio Olympics silver medallist in 5000 metres, Paul Chelimo, joked about the bizarre sleeping setup aimed to avoid intimacy among athletes.

The claims of cardboard-made ‘anti-sex’ beds provided to athletes to prevent intimacy at the Tokyo Games village have been debunked. The claims, which triggered a debate online after a post by an athlete went viral, have been proved fake.

A USA Today report, which fact-checked the narrative around the beds, stated that these were made out of cardboard to be more sustainable and not to discourage “intimacy among athletes”. The beds, said to withstand 200 kilograms of weight, were first revealed in January 2020, and aim to promote the idea of social distancing.

The rumours began soon after multiple posts surfaced on social media dubbing the cardboard beds as ‘anti-sex’. In a Twitter thread, Rio Olympics silver medallist in 5000 metres, Paul Chelimo, joked about the bizarre sleeping setup aimed to avoid intimacy among athletes.

“Beds to be installed in Tokyo Olympic Village will be made of cardboard, this is aimed at avoiding intimacy among athletes. Beds will be able to withstand the weight of a single person to avoid situations beyond sports. I see no problem for distance runners, even 4 of us can do,” he wrote while sharing a picture of the beds.

In the following tweet, Chelimo🇺🇸 also joked about people, who pee in their sleep, to be at “risk” on the cardboard beds. “At this point, I will have to start practising how to sleep on the floor; cause If my bed collapses and I have no training on sleeping on the floor I’m done.”

Chelimo🇺🇸’s tweet soon caught the attention of netizens, who were quite appalled by the bizarre concept. However, some were also quick to come up with hilarious ways the Covid-19 protocols could be disrupted.

However, some also supported the idea and pointed out that it was the “right” way to set up recyclable Olympic villages.

Editor’s note: This article has been updated carrying a fact-check version that debunked the ‘anti-sex’ bed theory at the 2020 Olympics

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