The Tokyo Olympic 2020 is just about to start and athletes from around the world are now gathering in the capital of Japan to get themselves ready got the games.
Nonetheless, athletes who arrived at their hotels in Tokyo were surprised to find that they are going to spend their nights on cardboard beds. The bizarre decision comes after the Olympic officials decided to discourage casual sex during the next week’s contentious Olympic games.
This isn’t all to their decision too. American distance runner Paul Chelimo took it to his Twitter and said the Olympic officials, who are already dealing with 2 Covid-19 outbreaks in the Olympic Village, hopes that through this method will discourage “intimacy among athletes”.
On the other hand, Dezeen reports that this initiative was more from their sustainability plan, where the 18,000 cardboard beds are made of frames designed from recycled cardboard, and mattresses are made from three blocks of polyethylene fibers can be recycled an unlimited number of times.
Meanwhile, the mattresses were designed by the Japanese company, Airweave, can be further customized with additional layers for comfort. Having said that, the design is meant to only support one person and it will collapse if 2 person decides to share a bed.
“The concept was to make a lightweight, easy-to-assemble mattress and meet the Games’ Sustainability Plan.” Airweave told Dezeen.
The Olympic Village has always been a rambunctious abode for young athletes. Previously at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, it was reported that over 450,000 condoms were given to the young athletes, while Tokyo had only distributed 160,000 this year.
The Olympic officials said that the condoms were for educational purposes regarding safe sex, and were not to be used within the village.
“Our intent and goal is not for athletes to use the condoms at the Olympic Village, but to help with awareness by taking them back to their own countries.” they said in a statement.
This in a way sends a clear message to the young athletes to keep it in their pants or risk hitting the floor.
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Check out the Tweet from Paul Chelimo here: