Paris getting anti-sex beds for Olympics: Myth or fact?

Is Paris, the City of Love, getting cardboard anti-sex beds for athletes participating in the 2024 Olympic Games? Over the years, the Olympics might have churned out some scandalous sexual stories, but the ultra-light beds are intended to serve an entirely different purpose.
Paris getting anti-sex beds for Olympics: Myth or fact?
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Is Paris, the City of Love, getting 'anti-sex' cardboard beds for the 2024 Olympic Games so that athletes focus on their sports and not the game between the sheets?

The Paris Olympics team has placed ultra-light cardboard beds in rooms meant for athletes, reportedly to prevent any sexual activities, according to some reports.

Paris will be hosting the 2024 Olympic Games from July 26 to August 11 this year. The French capital will be home to over 10,000 athletes during those days.

“Anti-sex beds have arrived in Paris ahead of the 2024 Olympic Games, with their materials and small size allegedly aimed at deterring athletes from getting kinky during the competition," says a New York Post report. "The beds’ twin size means there’s no room for the competitors to sidle up together."

The NY Post goes on to report that the beds have been manufactured by Airweave, which also made the products for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

This is exactly where we get the answer to our question -- are the cardboard beds meant to deter sex?

The ultra-light cardboard beds were first used in Tokyo Olympics 2020 held in Japan in 2021. That is where the rumours about the beds being manufactured to deter lovemaking by athletes first emerged.

There were several reports in 2021 on that.

The report about the anti-sex beds came after Olympic runner Paul Chelimo tweeted that these beds were installed to deter sexual activities between athletes during the Tokyo Olympics.

There is a reason why people believed what Chelimo was saying, because there are several stories on fornication in Olympic villages.

If some of the athletes are to be believed, the Olympic Games are the ultimate Wild West of debauchery.

Table tennis player Matthew Syed told the Times of London about his time at the 1992 Barcelona Games, saying, "I got laid off more often in those two and a half weeks than in the rest of my life."

An anonymous athlete even told the Mirror that he had a foursome with a male teammate and two women at the Olympic Village during the 2012 London Games.

But if this is the situation in the Olympic village, can the beds actually prevent sex? No. But the beds are meant to serve an entirely different purpose.


As reports on "anti-sex" spread, the USA Today did a fact-check.

It found that the reports about cardboard beds being used to prevent sexual activities were not true.

USA Today revealed how the beds weighed 441 pounds (200 kg) and not nearly light enough to discourage sexual activities. These beds were placed as they were reusable and did not create much environmental waste, according to Takashi Kitajima, a Tokyo 2020 organiser, who spoke to USA Today.

"(The beds) will be recycled into paper products after the Games, with the mattress components recycled into new plastic products," according to Inside The Games. "This will be the first time in Olympic and Paralympic history that all beds and bedding are made almost entirely from renewable materials."

Irish gymnast Rhys McClenaghan has also refuted such claims. He even made a TikTok video where he can be seen bouncing up and down from his bed. He thereby debunked the claims that the bed was too light for any sexual activity.

"The beds are meant to be 'anti-sex' ... They're made out of cardboard, yes, and apparently they're meant to break at any sudden movement... It's fake! Fake news," said McClenaghan.

The twitter handle of the Olympic team even thanked the gymnast, and they wrote, "the sustainable cardboard beds are sturdy."

Turns out, athletes bound for Paris Olympics have nothing to worry about. The cardboard beds aren't meant to deter lovemaking but to encourage green practice. Paris, the City of Love, is going for cardboard beds to show another kind of love; the love for nature.

Source: India Today

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