After several reports claimed that the beds at the Tokyo Olympic Village weren’t strong enough, particularly for sex, the games orgnisers on Monday assured that the beds are “sturdy”.
Earlier, Irish gymnast Rhys McClenaghan posted a video of himself repeatedly jumping on a bed to prove the point, after the report in the New York Post claimed the beds were deliberately flimsy to promote social distancing.
“The beds are meant to be anti-sex. They’re made out of cardboard, yes, but apparently they’re meant to break with sudden movements. It’s fake — fake news!” McClenaghan said in the video posted on Twitter.
Meanwhile, the official Olympics Twitter account also thanked McClenghan for revealing the truth.
Significntly, the New York Post report was based on a tweet by US distance runner Paul Chelimo, who had said thay the cardboard beds were “aimed at avoiding intimacy among athletes”.
“Beds will (only) be able to withstand the weight of a single person to avoid situations beyond sports,” he had tweeted.
The showpiece event, which was postponed by a year due to the global pandemic, will begin on Friday.