Did Tokyo Really Build Anti-Sex Beds For Olympic Athletes? Here's The Story
One of the biggest sporting events in the world is set to inaugurate in a few days time, on July 23 — the Summer Olympics, taking place this year at Tokyo.
Historically, the Olympics have been a center of international harmony. Thousands of world-class athletes congregate in a single location to compete in numerous games. It offers the hosting nation a great boost in their tourism revenue.
However, the coronavirus pandemic has changed the situation for this year’s Tokyo Olympics, which has already been postponed a year. Amidst some genuine risks, Tokyo has sought to conduct the Summer Olympics by following special coronavirus guidelines.
One part of that, apparently, are these bizarre cardboard beds that are supposedly designed to promote social distancing.
The way it works is that these cardboard beds are meant to hold the weight of only one person at a time. This way, athletes will be discouraged from — get this — having sex with each other, which violates social distancing practices.
American track and field athlete Paul Chemilo had this to say about the situation.
Beds to be installed in Tokyo Olympic Village will be made of cardboard, this is aimed at avoiding intimacy among athletes— Paul Chelimo🇺🇸🥈🥉 (@Paulchelimo) July 17, 2021
Beds will be able to withstand the weight of a single person to avoid situations beyond sports.
I see no problem for distance runners,even 4 of us can do😂 pic.twitter.com/J45wlxgtSo
The situation is a far cry from the 1988 Seoul Olympics, when competitors were given condoms to encourage safe sex and raise awareness against HIV.
Twitter user @GYMSTAN2 summed up the glaring hole in this logic pretty well.
Tokyo2020 trying to use the threat of beds breaking as a way to stop people from having sex. As if some of the most athletically gifted humans in the world cant find a way to do it another way if they really wanted.— The Integrity of the Process (@GYMSTAN2) July 18, 2021
Paul Chelimo’s bed-gate conspiracy theory has caught on in the interwebs and people are in total disbelief.
What do they plan to do to the floors, showers, or any other spaces people could use to be intimate?— Josh Catchur, BLM (@joshcatchur) July 17, 2021
As one of my English professors said to me: “ it demonstrates a spectacular lack of imagination”— Chris Rauchle 克里斯 (@chrisrauchle) July 17, 2021
The just gonna fuck standing up . I think having comfortable beds for the best athletes in the world to get their Mandatory rest on is more important than stopping adults from clapping cheeks— M’BakHand🦈♓️ (@MBakHand) July 18, 2021
It seems, however, that Chelimo’s theory might not be completely true as various news organizations have reported the true purpose of the cardboard beds is environmental sustainability.
NBC News has reported that the 18,000 beds have been constructed for the Olympic Village, which is where all the athletes for the Tokyo Olympics will be staying. Making beds out of cardboard allows a huge mass of furniture products, which will only be used for the duration of the Olympics, to be recycled into something else.
The Tokyo Olympics also has a theme of sustainability, and the beds fall in line perfectly with their goal of zero waste.
In any case, though, Chelimo did keep the netizens confused and guessing for some time.
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