TOKYO, KOMPAS.TV – The athletes’ accommodation in the Olympic Village is known not to be luxurious. However, photos showing cardboard beds in the athletes’ rooms have become the subject of jokes on social media. The reasons behind the selection of this particular furniture also surfaced.
Launch The Washington Post on Monday (19/7/2021), Paul Chelimo of the United States (US) Olympic athletic team, uploaded a photo of his bed on Twitter last weekend. He wrote that the bed was meant to avoid intimacy between athletes.
“The bed will be able to hold the weight of one person to prevent situations other than exercise,” he added.
Chelimo’s upload then went viral on social media. And, both athletes and spectators speculated that the beds were designed in such a way to prevent the transmission of Covid-19 at the Olympics.
Coco Gauff, who will play on the US tennis team, announced on Sunday (18/7/2021) that she has tested positive for Covid-19 and will not be able to compete.
On Monday (19/7/2021), three members of the South African football team as well as a coach of the country’s rugby team, also tested positive for Covid-19.
In the past, prior to social distancing, Olympic organizers had anticipated a love of location (cinlok) between athletes. At the 2016 Olympics in Brazil, no less than 450,000 condoms were distributed to athletes.
However, the reason behind the use of cardboard on Olympic beds is not to prevent activities other than sleep.
The bed frames, which have normal mattresses on top, are made of cardboard so they can be recycled into paper products after the Olympics are over.