Thousands of athletes are heading to the Tokyo Olympics. And they’re finding some spartan (read, no party) conditions in their rooms in the Olympic village
Namely, the beds are small and only sturdy enough to hold the weight of one athlete. Rather than box springs, the beds get their support from cardboard.
So, there can be no jumping and no more than one person to a bed. TMZ sports tweeted a photo and called the rooms a “sex free zone.”
There’s a Environmental Reason for Beds at Tokyo Olympics
The organizers of the Tokyo Olympics view the room and furniture design another way. It’s environmentally friendly and made of sustainable materials. The International Olympic Committee posted photos of the rooms last November on the group’s official Twitter media account. The twin beds feature blue coverlets with Tokyo 2020 printed across the foot of the bedspread. All the mattresses feature recycled material.
Airweave, a company in Japan, designed the mattresses. In a statement to the media site Dezeen, company officials said:
“The concept was to make a lightweight, easy-to-assemble mattress and meet the Games’ Sustainability Plan.”
Got it. The Tokyo Olympics are down with green.
Because of Pandemic, Sex Among Athletes Is Discouraged
But organizers also don’t want athletes getting down. With the Covid-19 pandemic, social distancing still is encouraged. Hook-ups aren’t. Two athletes staying in the village already tested positive for Covid. Another worker had a positive test.
Paul Chelimo is an American distance runner who was a silver medalist in the 5000 meters at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. He tweeted his thoughts about the beds. He branded them anti intimacy.
“Beds to be installed in Tokyo Olympic Village will be made of cardboard, this is aimed at avoiding intimacy among athletes,” Chelimo tweeted.
“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.”
We all know that Olympians have incredible skills. That’s why they’re there.
Meanwhile, the Tokyo Olympics organizers also realize that thousands of young people who are in the best shape of their lives probably want to mingle. Everyone is away from home. It’s like a vacation, with lots of exercise.
That’s why the Tokyo Olympics committee is handing out condoms. However, there aren’t as many as what was dispensed in 2016.
There are 160,000 condoms available for athletes. Back in 2016, there were 450,000 available. The Olympics started making condoms available for athletes in 1988.
“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.