And a rumor spread widely on social media that these easy-to-break beds are specially designed so that athletes can’t use them in intimate relationships.
The rumors were based on a tweet by American long-distance runner Paul Chelimo who said the cardboard beds were “intended to avoid intimate relationships between athletes”.
“Beds can only support one person’s weight to avoid situations beyond sports,” he wrote on Twitter.
But organizers reassured Monday that these beds are “strong” enough, strengthening their position with a video published by Irish gymnast Rhys McClinaghan showing the latter repeatedly jumping on the bed to prove this, in response to allegations in a report by the American newspaper “New York Post” that the beds Deliberately weak to promote social distancing.
“Beds are supposed to be sex-proof. They’re made of cardboard, yes. They say they are made to break in case of sudden movements. It’s FAKE NEWS – FAKE!”
The official account of the Olympic Games thanked the Irish athlete for “debunking the myth”, adding that “sustainable beds are strong!”.
This is not the first time that eco-friendly (recycled) beds have been called into question.