Some media and athletes have suggested the cardboard bed frames used in the village were for “anti-sex” purposes, although organizers say they are used to promote the use of recycled materials.
One Olympic athlete, Irish gymnast Rhys McClenaghan, was quick to test the strength of his bed, posting a video on Twitter of himself jumping several times before declaring, “That’s wrong! Fake news!”
Tokyo2020 says the beds will be “made into recycled paper after the Games”.
“We encourage the use of recycled materials for purchased items and building materials at the Tokyo 2020 Games,” said the official Games “Pre-Games Sustainability Report”.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) playbook for athletes and officials states that athletes and officials should “avoid physical contact” and “keep a distance of two meters from athletes and at least one meter from others. “.
Paul Chelimo, a Team USA runner, had previously said on his Twitter account that the “beds that will be installed in the Tokyo Olympic Village will be made of cardboard, this is to avoid privacy between the athletes”.
“The beds will be able to support the weight of a single person to avoid situations beyond sport,” he added.
Meanwhile, Australian swimmer Emily Seebohm documented the daily lives of Olympic Village athletes in vlogs posted to her Instagram account.
The five-time Olympic medalist took a brief tour of the village, including the wide range of food choices available in the dining hall and the autonomous vehicles that will transport the athletes during the Games.
Let the games begin!
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