WATCH: Irish gymnast Rhys McClenaghan jumps on cardboard beds at Tokyo Olympics to debunk “anti-sex” claim

US distance runner Paul Chelimo was one of the first to post about the cardboard beds at the Summer Games and had stated that they were built to avoid intimacy.

Saurabh Ganguly Author

Updated - 19 July 2021 7:47 pm

Not long ago, reports of special cardboard-made beds at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games to avoid intimacy between the athletes at a time of a public health emergency of COVID-19 had gone viral on internet. However, yet another video is doing the rounds on internet which suggests otherwise. The video has been made by an athlete himself who is currently in the Olympic village in Tokyo. He has clearly debunked the "fake news" of the beds being "anti-sex."

Notably, Irish gymnast Rhys McClenaghan shared a video of himself jumping on the bed to shatter the myth that it is built to avoid intimacy between the players. In a video, shared by him on social media, he can be seen jumping on the bed to drive home his point.

"The beds are meant to be anti-sex. They're made out of cardboard, yes, but apparently, they're meant to break with sudden movements. It's fake -- fake news," the gymnast can be heard in the video. Even the International Olympic Committee (IOC) reacted to this video, also assuring that the beds are sustainable.

"Thanks for debunking the myth. You heard it first from @TeamIreland gymnast @McClenaghanRhys - the sustainable cardboard beds are sturdy," IOC said while quoting the above mentioned tweet.

Check out the video here:

For the unversed, US distance runner Paul Chelimo was one of the first to post about the cardboard beds at the Summer Games and had stated that they were built to avoid intimacy among the athletes. "Beds will (only) be able to withstand the weight of a single person to avoid situations beyond sports," he had written in a post.

Soon after this social media post, the cardboard beds became a hot topic of discussion for the netizens with everyone giving their point of view on the same, However, the clarification provided by the IOC itself is now expected to settle the debate once and for all.

The Olympic Games are set to commence on July 23. No spectator will be allowed inside the stadiums owing to the COVID situation in Japan. The entire sporting extravaganza has been made a TV-only event a year after it was originally slated to happen.