Tokyo Olympics: Irish athlete debunks cardboard bed myth

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Ireland gymnast Rhys McClenaghan has been thanked for debunking the ‘myth’ there may have been an ulterior motive to the cardboard beds in the Olympic village. The Tokyo Games has prioritised sustainable measures. Its electricity will come from renewable sources, the Olympic torch was made using aluminium waste and the medals from recycled consumer devices. However, there had been suspicion among athletes about the bed frames, which are made from recyclable cardboard. Reports suggested they were made to collapse under the weight of more than one person to promote social distancing, despite manufacturers saying they would be able to support 200kg — more than what any athlete weighed at the 2016 Games. American runner Paul Chelimo said on social media they were ‘aimed at avoiding intimacy among athletes.’ But Team Ireland’s McClenaghan, 21, has received thanks from the official Olympics Twitter account for challenging the rumours.” (07/19/21)