"Anti-sex beds" in the Olympics athlete's village? Maybe not:
Video of Israeli athletes breaking cardboard Olympic village bed goes viral
A video of nine Israeli Olympians jumping on the so-called anti-sex bed in the athletes' village until it breaks has gone viral, Israeli local media reported.
According to reports, the now-deleted video in which the athletes test the strength of the recyclable cardboard bed frame was uploaded by Ben Wanger, a U.S.-born baseball player on the Israeli Olympic team, to his TikTok and Twitter accounts on Monday.
In the video, one, then two, then three, up to a total of nine athletes jump on a single bed until it breaks. The beds were designed to support weights of up to 200 kilograms, according to manufacturer Airweave.
The video has since been deleted but has drawn angry responses in Japan. According to local reports, it was removed at the request of the Israeli Olympic Committee.
"It's not funny at all. As a Japanese, it makes me very sad," said one internet comment.
"I don't understand why anyone would destroy something belonging to someone else," another said.
Many other athletes have taken to social media sites to share their opinions on the now infamous bed.
American distance runner Paul Chelimo wrote on Twitter on July 17 that the beds were "aimed at preventing intimacy among athletes." Chelimo, among others, dubbed them anti-sex beds.
The following day, Irish gymnast Rhys McClenaghan debunked the rumor that the beds easily break by filming himself doing a test jump on the bed on Twitter.
"In today's episode of fake news at the Olympic Games, the beds are meant to be anti-sex. They're made of cardboard, yes. But they are apparently intended to break under sudden movements. It's fake news," McClenahan says in the video that has been viewed more than 3.8 million times.
I can think of other reasons though. The athlete's village is only meant to be used for a couple of weeks during the Olympics, and then those rooms are supposed to be repurposed as condominiums. Some people have have already bought the units. (And they had to wait an extra year to take delivery because the Olympics was delayed for a year: Buyers of Olympic village condos left out in the cold after delayed Games
As such, temporary beds that would only be intended to be used for a couple of weeks and then recycled make sense. No need to assume that it was for "anti-sex" reasons. Although, I have heard that too. For example, they decided to not distribute free condoms to the athletes, which was done at previous Olympics.