Foreign journalists carry equipment that broadcasts through the Olympic Games as they walk to the media center at the Tokyo Olympics athletes village on July 19, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan.
Olympic athletes visiting the Olympic Village in Tokyo discovered the most unusual piece of furniture in their room – a cardboard bed.
Some of this year’s competitors shared images on social media of a white box bed frame, made by Japanese company Airweave and recyclable. New York Times report. Organizers say this is the first time beds at the Olympics will be made almost entirely of renewable materials, but at what cost?
Sports event organizers are worried about keeping COVID transmission to a minimum, so to limit close contact as much as possible, the unusual bed frames have led some to suggest there is a ulterior motives than just a piece of renewable furniture.
Paul Chelimo, an American distance runner, speculated on Twitter that the bed is only designed to support a person’s weight and is “intended to avoid intimacy between athletes.” Before long, the beds were being labeled on social media as “anti-gender”.
Rhys McClenaghan, a gymnast from Ireland, shared a video on his Twitter that read, “In today’s fake file at the Olympic Games,” then showed himself jumping on a bed to show that it can actually bear more weight than one person. The official Olympics Twitter account retweeted Mr McClenaghan’s video, adding: “Thanks for debunking the myth.”
Every New York Times, plans for 18,000 beds and mattresses were announced before the pandemic began and social distancing restrictions were first introduced.
Airweave, the manufacturer of cardboard beds, said in a statement today (July 19): “Cardboard beds are actually sturdier than beds made of wood or steel. The mattress has been specifically designed to accommodate athletes of all body types, and the bed can hold up to 440 pounds.
While the bed isn’t really made to be sex-proof, the sale of alcohol is prohibited and distribution of condoms will be restricted. Condoms have been distributed since the 1988 Seoul Olympics. But this year, Olympic officials have made it clear that condoms are only for athletes to use when they return home.
Officials encourage athletes to sleep alone while in Tokyo and keep their distance from each other. A safety guidebook advises Olympic participants to “avoid unnecessary forms of physical contact such as hugging, clapping and shaking hands.
The restrictions reflect widespread concern about the coronavirus as the Games get underway, especially with the highly contagious Delta variant. A rigorous testing regime has yielded dozens of positive results this month as more than 18,000 people traveled to Tokyo for the Olympics.
Over the weekend, officials confirmed the first three cases inside the athletes’ village, including an organizer and two competitors.
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