An athlete at the Olympic Games in Tokyo has debunked reports that dorms have been fitted out with so-called 'anti-sex' beds. Watch here (don't worry, it's not a graphic debunking):
Athletes in the Olympic village will be kipping on beds made from recycled cardboard, and it was reported they were designed to break during sex, thus deterring randy rowers and horny hockey players from hooking up - which in turn could help to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
The speculation began when US runner Paul Chelimo tweeted: "Beds to be installed in Tokyo Olympic Village will be made of cardboard, this is aimed at avoiding intimacy among athletes.
"Beds will be able to withstand the weight of a single person to avoid situations beyond sports."
Beds to be installed in Tokyo Olympic Village will be made of cardboard, this is aimed at avoiding intimacy among athletes
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:joy: pic.twitter.com/J45wlxgtSo
- Paul Chelimo:flag_us: (@Paulchelimo) July 17, 2021
It wasn't clear if Chelimo was being entirely serious, but that didn't stop the rumours swirling.
Now, Irish gymnast Rhys McClenaghan has set the record straight and called out the 'fake news', demonstrating the durability of his bed by jumping up and down on it.
In a video shared on Twitter, the 21-year-old said: "In today's episode of fake news at the Olympic Games, the beds are meant to be 'anti-sex'.
"They're made out of cardboard, yes. But apparently they're meant to break at any sudden movements.
"It's fake - fake news."
The Olympics' official Twitter account subsequently thanked McClenaghan for his handy demonstration.
The tweet read: "Thanks for debunking the myth. You heard it first from @TeamIreland gymnast @McClenaghanRhys - the sustainable cardboard beds are sturdy! #Tokyo2020."
So that's that cleared up. Turns out the beds are made from cardboard for environmental reasons - not anti-sex reasons.
The Games' opening ceremony is on Friday (23 July) and organisers are committed to making the event - which will run until 8 August - as environmentally friendly as possible.
The cardboard beds are just one of many measures being taken by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
In a statement, it said: "The Tokyo Games will go beyond their initial commitment of carbon neutrality, and will remove more carbon from the atmosphere than they emit. Carbon compensation equal to 4.38 million t-CO2 is currently planned.
"A final calculation on emissions will be made when the Games have finished, and this will be included in the Tokyo 2020 post-Games Sustainability Report.
"The update outlines initiatives to minimise the Games' environmental footprint and to demonstrate the shift towards a circular economy and a hydrogen-based society.
"Venues make widespread use of renewable energy, including hydrogen. Where it has not been possible to procure renewable energy, Tokyo 2020 is using green power certificates to compensate for the use of non-renewable electricity."
The statement continued: "As part of an initiative by Worldwide Olympic Partner P&G, 24.5 tonnes of recyclable plastic waste were collected and used in the construction of the 98 victory ceremony podiums that will be used during the Tokyo 2020 Games.
"Plastic was collected with the cooperation of the people of Japan, who donated used household plastics for recycling, together with approximately 2,000 major department stores and 113 schools and other educational institutions.
"Approximately 90 percent of the 2,654 Games vehicles will be electric-drive vehicles, including hydrogen fuel cell, plug-in hybrid and other hybrid vehicles."