Athletes' green beds can handle Olympic pressure: Maker

The single beds in the athletes' village at this year's Olympics can withstand a weight of 200kg and have been through rigorous stress tests, said their manufacturer Airweave.
The single beds in the athletes' village at this year's Olympics can withstand a weight of 200kg and have been through rigorous stress tests, said their manufacturer Airweave.PHOTO: ASSOCIATED PRESS

TOKYO • Randy athletes worried that eco-friendly cardboard beds could curtail their sex life at the Tokyo Olympics can breathe easy - they are sturdy enough, say manufacturers.

While the snug single beds at the athletes' village underline Tokyo's commitment to sustainability and delivering a "green" Olympics, fears that 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 1,000s of condoms handed out all over the village are put to use."

But the beds can withstand a weight of 200kg and have been through rigorous stress tests, makers Airweave told Agence France-Presse.

"We've conducted experiments, like dropping weights on top of the beds," said a spokesman.

At the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea's Pyeongchang - where usage of dating app Tinder soared almost 350 per cent - 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.

Tokyo officials have yet to decide how many condoms they will supply this year, but are leaning towards the "London range".

At a briefing on Thursday, Mr 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."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 11, 2020, with the headline 'Athletes' green beds can handle Olympic pressure: Maker'. Print Edition | Subscribe