Paris Olympics organisers deny beds for athletes are ‘anti-sex’

Paris Olympics organisers deny beds for athletes are ‘anti-sex’
This photograph shows a hydrojet room at the Centre International de Haute Performance du Val d’Oise (ATHLETICA) preparation center for the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, which will host Team USA, in Eaubonne, northern Paris, on May 15, 2024. — AFP pic

PARIS, May 18 — They may be made of cardboard, but the beds at the athletes’ village for this year’s Paris Olympics have been chosen for their environmental credentials, not to prevent competitors having sex, organisers said.

The clarification came after fresh reports that the beds, manufactured by Japanese company Airweave and already used during the Tokyo 2020 Games, were to deter athletes from jumping under the covers together in the City of Love.

“We know the media has had a lot of fun with this story since Tokyo 2020, but for Paris 2024 the choice of these beds for the Olympic and Paralympic Village is primarily linked to a wider ambition to ensure minimal environmental impact and a second life for all equipment,” a spokesman for the Paris Games told AFP.

The bed bases are made from recycled cardboard, but during a demonstration in July last year Airweave founder Motokuni Takaoka jumped on one of them and stressed that they “can support several people on top”.

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