Irish gymnast Rhys McClenaghan debunks the 'anti-sex' bed myth at Olympics


New York Post 19 July, 2021 - 09:00am 23 views

What is an anti sex bed?

The cardboard beds, however, are very real - but are not designed to collapse at the weight of intimacy. ... The beds were planned for the Tokyo Olympics as a recycling initiative, long before the spread of COVID-19. ForbesThe Olympic ‘Anti-Sex’ Cardboard Beds, Explained

By Jenna Lemoncelli

July 19, 2021 | 10:00am | Updated July 19, 2021 | 10:46am

These beds are ready for an Olympic marathon.

The Irish gymnast Rhys Mcclenaghan took to Twitter to debunk the touted theory that the 100-percent recyclable cardboard beds — designed by the Japanese company Airweave — can’t withstand sexual activities between athletes.

“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 says in the video, while jumping up and down on the bed.

On Monday, news of the “anti-sex” beds in the Olympic Village in Tokyo sparked reactions from a number of athletes, as well as the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC), which defended the “strong” beds.

The official Olympics Twitter account thanked McLenaghan for “debunking the myth,” noting “the sustainable cardboard beds are sturdy.”

The makeshift beds will reportedly be “turned into recycled paper after the Games,” according to Tokyo 2020.

“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.

American distance runner Paul Chelimo chimed in a series of tweets.

“Beds to be installed in Tokyo Olympic Village will be made of cardboard, this is aimed at avoiding intimacy among athletes,” Chelimo tweeted Friday, adding, “Beds will be able to withstand the weight of a single person to avoid situations beyond sports.”

Athlete-on-athlete sex is nothing new at the Olympics. Though the bizarre bed move could be a way to stop the spread of COVID-19, as multiple athletes have tested positive for coronavirus.

Since 1988, the Games have traditionally handed out thousands of free condoms to athletes.

This year, the condom tally is up to 160,000.

“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,” the Tokyo Olympics Organizing Committee said in a statement to Japan Today.

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Tokyo Olympic beds are 'sturdy,' IOC says after 'anti-sex' report

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The cardboard beds at the Tokyo Olympic Village are “sturdy,” organizers reassured on Monday, after a report warned they weren’t strong enough for sex.

Irish gymnast Rhys McClenaghan filmed himself jumping repeatedly 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.

The official Olympics Twitter account thanked McLenaghan for “debunking the myth,” adding “the sustainable beds are sturdy!”

The report in the New York Post was based on a tweet, apparently tongue-in-cheek, by U.S. distance runner Paul Chelimo who said 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 tweeted.

It’s not the first time the beds, which signal a commitment to sustainability, have come into question.

In January, manufacturer Airweave said they can withstand a weight of 200 kg (440 pounds) and have been through rigorous stress tests, after Australian basketball player Andrew Bogut queried their durability.

“Anti-sex” beds at the Olympics

— Rhys Mcclenaghan (@McClenaghanRhys) July 18, 2021

“We’ve conducted experiments, like dropping weights on top of the beds,” a spokesperson said.

“As long as they stick to just two people in the bed, they should be strong enough to support the load.”

Thousands of athletes will stay at the Olympic Village during the pandemic-delayed 2020 Tokyo Games, which start on Friday.

Despite warnings to “avoid unnecessary forms of physical contact,” organizers are expected to hand out 160,000 condoms.

But the organizing committee said: “The distributed condoms are not meant to be used at the Olympic Village.”

Instead they are supposed to be “brought back by athletes to their respective home countries and to help them support the campaign to raise awareness (about HIV/AIDS),” it added.

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The Olympics’ ‘anti-sex’ cardboard beds were designed for sustainability… now they’re preventing virus superspreaders

Yanko Design 19 July, 2021 - 07:11am

Back in January 2020, when the interiors of the Olympic village were first unveiled, the sustainable low-carbon cardboard beds immediately grabbed attention. They weren’t your normal-looking beds, in fact, they looked less like wooden beds and more like cardboard ones; because that’s exactly what they were. Japan had made it abundantly clear that they were going to focus on keeping the Olympics as environmentally friendly as possible – The medals would be made from recycled metal, the Olympic torch was fabricated from pipes previously used in temporary refugee housing during Japan’s deadly earthquake and tsunami in 2011. The beds in the Olympic village too were crafted from a unique low-footprint, high-resistance cardboard that could easily take on weights of up to 200 kilos… fine for one occupant, maybe not for two. Back then, the design was hailed as a champion of sustainability with a minimal carbon footprint. Now, it’s a critical design feature that’s helping keep athletes safe by being a social deterrent.

It’s not entirely clear where the rumor began, but like everything viral on the internet, the ‘anti-sex bed’ theory started somewhere on social media when athletes began speculating on how the cardboard bed was probably designed to prevent people from getting together. It’s no secret that the Olympics are also an incredibly social event for the athletes, to put it mildly (type ‘Olympic village’ into a Google search bar, and the suggestion invariably recommends ‘condom’). While the beds aren’t “anti-sex” per se, Tokyo officials seem to be pretty glad that athletes are a little mentally thrown off by the fact that their beds are made of ‘cardboard’. Unintentionally defensive design at its best!

As Japan is dealing with a coronavirus health crisis (much like the rest of the world), it just seems like common sense to not want the athletes to intermingle (2 athletes have already tested positive with 21 more kept in isolation). That said, it seems like Airweave – the designers behind the cardboard bed and the recyclable mattress that goes on top of it – isn’t amused at people trolling their high-quality furniture. “Cardboard beds are actually stronger than the one made of wood or steel,” Airweave said in a statement!

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Organisers said athletes competing in the Games would sleep on bed frames made from recyclable cardboard and mattresses made of polyethylene materials that would be reused to make plastic products after the Games.

Manufacturer Airweave said the beds could support around 200 kilograms but some media reports claimed they were made out of cardboard to collapse under the weight of more than one person to promote social distancing amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

American distance runner Paul Chelimo wrote on Twitter on Saturday that the decision to have cardboard beds was "aimed at avoiding intimacy among athletes."

McClenaghan took to Twitter to debunk the idea.

"The beds are meant to be 'anti-sex' ... They're made out of cardboard, yes, and apparently they're meant to break at any sudden movements... It's fake! Fake news," he said while jumping on his bed in a video clip.

The official Olympics Twitter account thanked McClenaghan in a tweet on Monday for clearing up the matter and added: "The sustainable cardboard beds are sturdy."

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“Beds will be able to withstand the weight of a single person to avoid situations beyond sports,” he added.

The idea took off across the internet, with athletes and fans alike on social media speculating that the beds were designed this way due to concerns about coronavirus transmissions at the Olympics.

Coco Gauff, who was set to compete on the U.S. tennis team at the Olympics, announced on Sunday that she had tested positive for covid-19 and would not be able to compete. Officials said on Monday that three members of South Africa’s soccer team, as well as a coach on the country’s rugby team, had tested positive.

In the past, before social distancing, Olympic organizers have prepared for flings among athletes – in the years before social distancing: At the 2016 Olympics in Brazil, 450,000 condoms were distributed to athletes, a record number.

But the reason behind the use of cardboard in the Olympians’ beds was not, at least officially, to prevent activities other than sleep. The bed frames, which have a normal mattress on top, were made of cardboard so that they could be recycled into paper products after the Olympics, organizers said in 2020 when they announced the plan.

The beds can support up to about 440 pounds, the village’s general manager told the Associated Press.

The Olympics have been criticized in recent years for creating what some say is unnecessary waste by building new facilities for the occasion.

Rhys McClenaghan, a gymnast on Ireland’s Olympic team, demonstrated the sturdiness of the beds, posting a video on Twitter of him jumping on one. “It’s fake news!” he said of the notion that beds were meant to be “anti-sex.”

The Olympics thanked McClenaghan on Twitter for “debunking the myth,” adding that “the sustainable cardboard beds are sturdy!”

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