The Anti-Sex Beds in the Olympic Games

The rumor of "anti-sex" beds arose when the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games directives encouraged athletes to limit physical contact as much as possible. What's this all about?
The Anti-Sex Beds in the Olympic Games

Last update: 18 August, 2021

One of the news items from the recent Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games that attracted the most public attention was the so-called “anti-sex beds.”

According to several international media, these beds are cardboard structures designed to collapse under the weight of more than one person. Especially if subjected to vigorous activity. Allegedly because the organizers sought to prevent intimate encounters between athletes throughout the event. OK, so, is it true?

Everything you need to know about anti-sex beds

As we mentioned above, the anti-sex cardboard beds of the Tokyo Olympics led to a public outroar on social networks. The New York Post quoted a tweet from American distance runner Paul Chelimo and it went viral around the world. The publication stated that:

“The beds in the Tokyo Olympic Village will be made of cardboard so as to prevent intimacy between athletes.”

As you can imagine, many media reported that the organization of the Olympics opted for these beds to avoid intimate encounters between athletes. Especially given the recommendations of social distancing due to the health crisis resulting from the pandemic.

However, the athletes themselves refuted these claims and informed that these beds are, in fact, quite strong. According to the Japanese company Airweave who manufactured them, these structures can support up to 450 pounds. In fact, they claim the beds are “more resistant than those made of wood or iron.”

Rhys McClenaghan

Athletes like the Irishman Rhys McClenaghan shared his experience with the beds with his followers on social networks. He challenged the fake news about the intention behind the beds. On the contrary, he and many other athletes made videos showing how sturdy these structures are.

“The beds are supposedly anti-sex and they should break at the slightest harsh movement because they’re made of cardboard, right? Well, it isn’t true” according to a tweet by McClenaghan.

However, what people did corroborate about these beds is they’re sustainable. They are made of 100% recyclable cardboard and people will reuse the material after the event is over.

The plastic of the mattresses will also have a new life. In fact, organizers planned it so that 99% of the goods and products purchased for the Olympic Games don’t end up in the landfill.

So, can athletes have sex during the Olympics?

Athletes proved that beds aren’t an impediment to intimate encounters. Still, Olympic organizers did encourage them to “avoid any unnecessary form of physical contact.” This includes sex, of course.

The Olympics already led to much controversy for taking place in the midst of a health crisis. However, they held the competitions without a physical audience.

In any case, some 150,000 condoms made their way to all participants. According to the organizers, their distribution isn’t for specific use in the Olympic Village. In fact, they’re for athletes to take back home and raise awareness of the importance of HIV/AIDS prevention.

Let’s recall that this campaign of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has been around since the Seoul 1988 Olympic Games. They’ve been distributing these types of contraceptives at these competitions since then. In fact, they distributed 450,000 of them during the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games.

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