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Tokyo Olympic beds are sturdy, organizers 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 kilograms and have been through rigorous stress tests, after Australian basketball player Andrew Bogut queried their durability.

"We've conducted experiments, like dropping weights on top of the beds," a spokesperson told AFP. "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 told AFP: "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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They will put the mattress on the ground, that’s it !

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1980 track & field world games, LA - the grandstands were enough for some . . . .

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""after a report warned they weren't strong enough for sex""

FOR SEX? OPPS, LOL

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No one has addressed the fire question? Cardboard beds, walls that’s a lot of combustible material throughout the building. I’m sure the beds will cope for two weeks or so, after that probably deteriorate but there use is over, or scatter them under bridges for the homeless. Be a nice gesture. I just hope everyone gets home safe.

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They’re here already. YOU insisted on having the athletes here so, this is part of “The Games.”

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You can’t control human nature. (Look

at the IOCLDPJOC failures with CoVid measures over the last year)

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Plus, all the bedding & beds will have to be burned and the real estate will be empty for years if there’s a major outbreak in the Olympic Village.

7 ( +11 / -4 )

Just put the mattress on the floor and have sex.

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I say, Let’s prove the point! Time for some, er.... “experiments.”

hypothesis: Olympic beds can withstand the weight (and kinetic energy) of 3 eastern euorpian gymnasts and 1 US sprinter.

4 ( +8 / -4 )

Just put the mattress on the floor and have sex.

Or that comfy looking bedspread, small table, against the wall, TV stand(if included), etc. There are many ways to play this.

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This report put me off my coffee! No time for sex. Arrive, compete, go home. Enough of the Olympics already.

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The hall monitors are there specifically to stop any hanky panky, celebration, loud noises, and too much chatter. A sudden banging on the cardboard door and a stern warning should stop such activity particularly among non married couples. Nobody wants a plastic orange truncheon motioned towards them. It’s all organised I have faith.

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Unfortunately, All condoms Will be Wasted, Because The Condoms in Japan are not suitable for foreigners..

Go for condom-free sex.

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great more fake whining, it's rather sad that NY Post would even report that without data and facts proving their claims. It would be great if they actually reported news instead of rumors but this and other like it are the exact reason no one trusts the media anymore

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Paddlerime,

Thats the reason nobody trusts the NY POST anymore. In a city with 3 daily newspapers, it’s the 4th best.

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I don’t want to exclude anyone. Please feel free to utilize the ethnicity, gender identity, sport and number of participants of your choice in experiments.

Also, feel free to utilize any er, “accessories” you wish although as open flame represents a source of ignition, candles are not recommended.

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The report in the New York Post

This nonsense has gone viral in the past few days, even though it's an old story long debunked. It's almost as if someone is trying to distract attention away from the serious issues of the $30b rip-off Tokyo 2020.

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It's Japan. Give them a futon.

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

But the organizing committee told AFP: "The distributed condoms are not meant to be used at the Olympic Village."

Oh yes. The athletes will obey for sure. (Sarcasm) @Norm - I agree with you. At least give them some kind of Japanese culture.

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But are they sturdy enough for a little slap and tickle on them though ? A British athlete put up a vid of himself jumping on the bed testing it out.

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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.

Oh, how thoughtful of Japan! HAHAHAHAHAHA

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Funny how the Japanese know about the human nature ( other than the perfect Japanese one) a little more than an un experienced 12 years old one...

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cracaphat

But are they sturdy enough for a little slap and tickle on them though ? A British athlete put up a vid of himself jumping on the bed testing it out.

Yeah... they mentioned that in the article?

snowymountainhell

Plus, all the bedding & beds will have to be burned and the real estate will be empty for years if there’s a major outbreak in the Olympic Village.

Really hope that was tongue-in-cheek...

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"****We've conducted experiments, like dropping weights on top of the beds," a spokesperson told AFP. "As long as they stick to just two people in the bed, they should be strong enough to support the load."

We've conducted experiments......like ummmm, dropping weights on top of the beds.

(nice save)

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The claim was made by an 'American' athlete (of course) name of Paul Chelimo in an interview. But the word 'sex' was in the offhand remark so journalism automatically swelled it up into NEWS. But an Irishman, Rhys McClenaghan, pointed out quite dramatically the strength of the beds while shouting "Fake news! Fake news!". Once more the Irish set us free. Thanks, Rhys. Why do these crazy stories always seem to involve an American, and usually not in a complimentary way?

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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.

https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/sport/olympics/tokyo-olympics-2021-reports-of-antisex-beds-in-olympic-village-disproved/news-story/63ebd515f0fb140fa76e5dbd26e2380e

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More propaganda. Only reason cardboard beds were used was because Abe's relative owns the darn company.

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Well that's a relief.

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More propaganda. Only reason cardboard beds were used was because Abe's relative owns the darn company.

Of course. What else would it be. Just give more propaganda so the feeble minded will believe.

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Tom DoleyToday 09:08 am JST

More propaganda. Only reason cardboard beds were used was because Abe's relative owns the darn company.

That's interesting. The interweb tells me Airweave is owned by a guy named Motokuni Takaoka. He's a relation of the suddenly invisible Shinzo, is he?

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/hkedition/2017-03/03/content_28416143.htm

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Futons are better.

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1980 track & field world games, LA - the grandstands were enough for some . . . .

Apparently the grandstands were enough for some this year as well.

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It's going to be awkward for the person trying to get some sleep in the other bed.

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Well, I guess group sex is out then.

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and who really cares...

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It's not the first time the beds, which signal a commitment to sustainability

Commitment to sustainability, that is a nice one.

I will be enjoying my multi-layer wrapped conbini bento with a disposable wooden ohashi.

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This makes sense. What are they going to do with 10,000 beds after the Olympics? Sell them as souvenirs?

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It's going to be awkward for the person trying to get some sleep in the other bed.

Nah.

sock on door handle system should work fine

maybe visitor will bring a friend for roommate

I'm sure they can figure something out.

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So a successful threesome with a level of difficulty of 4.7 would be worthy of a gold medal!

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Sexual activities can be done on the floor ... wild or rough without breaking the bead cardboards.

If condoms are souvenirs to bring back home stupidity says buy one in your home country! Amazing the lack of common sense in JP.

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People just wanna complain about stuff, all the freaking time. The beds were planned this way pre-pandemic so they could be recycled. For you know, life after the Olympics.

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Wow. Weird article. I wonder if thay hand out a mask with the condom. Stay 3-6 feet apart from each other. No need for sex at the olympics. They should concentrate on the games.

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In my lifetime: Hardwood furniture, then softwood, then laminates, now cardboard.

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@Alfie

That's interesting. The interweb tells me Airweave is owned by a guy named Motokuni Takaoka. He's a relation of the suddenly invisible Shinzo, is he?

I think Airweave provides the mattresses. Mitsubishi Shoji Packaging provides the cardboards. This company is owned by Hironobu Abe, brother of Shinzo.

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Mitsubishi Shoji Packaging provides the cardboards. This company is owned by Hironobu Abe, brother of Shinzo.

Only in Japan is this sort of corruption just brushed off. Shogenai

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Well I wouldn’t want to be staying in the rooms either side of Rhys McLenaghan. And I especially wouldn’t want to be staying in the room below.

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Only in Japan is this sort of corruption just brushed off.

I think it’s probably expected.

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I would be tempted to smuggle one of those duvets out.

These Japan Games are quite unique in many respects

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Anti-fun, anti-cheering, anti-supporters, anti-atmosphere,... but hey, you can have as much sex with yourself as you want in those little rooms :-)

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Who needs bed in a cardboard bed when there is shower sex?

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Mitsubishi Shoji Packaging provides the cardboards. This company is owned by Hironobu Abe, brother of Shinzo.

Only in Japan is this sort of corruption just brushed off. Shogenai

First Abenomasks, now Abeds. How much more troughing will come out before this shambles is all over?

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Risking Covid, STDs, radionucleides in the fish, career-changing injuries after frolicking outside the expected limits of behaviour on the cardboard bed? Truly, no other country will be able to better the 'Omotenashi' experience our athletes encounter during their time in Japan.

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@Tom DoleyToday 11:50 am JST

@Alfie

That's interesting. The interweb tells me Airweave is owned by a guy named Motokuni Takaoka. He's a relation of the suddenly invisible Shinzo, is he?

I think Airweave provides the mattresses. Mitsubishi Shoji Packaging provides the cardboards. This company is owned by Hironobu Abe, brother of Shinzo.

Good grief. LDP chief dalek in Olympic profiteering scandal. What a shocker, they'll be putting oranges in marmalade next.

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If I was a young Olympian with probably one chance in my entire life to be at the Olympics, coronavirus or not, I would definitely do everything and anything and have sex on my cardboard bed with a consenting partner. Carpe diem. The end is the end.

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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.

Lol, kinda amazed nobody yet retorted: "They haven't met my wife!"

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