Randy athletes worried that eco-friendly cardboard beds could curtail their sex life at the Tokyo Olympics can breathe easy – they’re sturdy enough, say manufacturers.
While the snug singles at the athletes’ village underline Tokyo’s commitment to sustainability and delivering a ‘green’ Olympics, fears they could fold under pressure look to be unfounded.
Australian basketball player Andrew Bogut raised the alarm when he tweeted: “Great gesture…until the athletes finish their said events and the 1000’s of condoms handed out all over the village are put to use.”
But the beds can withstand a weight of 200 kilos (440 pounds) and have been through rigorous stress tests, makers Airweave told AFP.
“We’ve conducted experiments, like dropping weights on top of the beds,” said a spokesperson.
“As long as they stick to just two people in the bed, they should be strong enough to support the load.”
At the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang – where usage of dating app Tinder soared almost 350 percent – organisers doled out 110,000 condoms to participants.
London organisers supplied 150,000 condoms to 2012 Olympic athletes at what was dubbed the raunchiest Games in history – until Rio four years later, where athletes received 450,000, or 42 condoms each.
Randy athletes worried that eco-friendly cardboard beds could curtail their sex life at the Tokyo Olympics can breathe easy — they're sturdy enough, say manufacturershttps://t.co/T5i2aulmyX
— AFP news agency (@AFP) January 10, 2020
Tokyo officials have yet to decide how many condoms they will supply this year, but are leaning towards the “London range”.
At a briefing Thursday, Takashi Kitajima, general manager of the Tokyo 2020 athletes village, said of the beds: “We prefer not to destroy things we build but continue to use them – this is a major element for providing sustainability.”