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Irish gymnast tests Olympics’ ‘anti-sex’ beds

Story at a glance:

  • Rhys McClenaghan jumped on the cardboard beds to disprove they are “anti-sex.”
  • The rumored “anti-sex” beds stories came from Olympian Paul Chelimo, an American distance runner.
  • The beds can support up to 441 pounds.

The Olympic Village’s beds are made of cardboard, and while it is sustainable for a person to sleep on, there has been speculation that the Olympics are trying to prevent athletes from having sex during their stay.

One Irish gymnast, Rhys McClenaghan decided to take to Twitter to test the durability of his “anti-sex” bed.


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“In today’s episode of fake news at the Olympic Games, the beds are meant to be anti-sex. They’re made out of cardboard, yes, but apparently they’re meant to break at any sudden movements,” McClenaghan said on Twitter.

The cardboard beds are said to be “turned into recycled paper after the Games,” according to Tokyo 2020, The New York Post reported.

“We are promoting the use of recycled materials for procured items and construction materials at the Tokyo 2020 Games,” the Games’ official “Sustainability Pre-Games Report” said.

The rumored “anti-sex” beds stories came from Olympian Paul Chelimo, an American distance runner, who last week commented on Twitter, saying, “[the] beds to be installed in Tokyo Olympic Village will be made of cardboard, this is aimed at avoiding intimacy among athletes.” 

According to USA Today, the beds can support up to 441 pounds.


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