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Tiny cardboard beds have arrived in Paris’ Olympic village after organizers lifted a sex ban and promised athletes would «feel very comfortable and excited»


The Olympic Village in Paris welcomed tiny, cardboard beds ahead of this summer’s games – despite organizers earlier lifting the ban on intimacy in place in Tokyo.

The Games are notorious for the sexual activity that takes place between athletes – legendary US swimmer Ryan Lochte previously told ESPN that ’70 to 75 per cent’ of Olympians have intercourse during the Games.

And while Paris organizers will provide athletes with 300,000 condoms, Olympic and Paralympic Villages director Laurent Michaud told Sky News earlier, athletes will be forced to sleep in the same tiny beds as in Tokyo.

The beds, made by Airwave, are double-sized and made from cardboard frames, with Olympic organizers focusing on sustainability.

However, Michaud spoke of his desire for the athletes to «feel very excited and comfortable» in the village.

Olympians will have to sleep on these tiny cardboard beds during the summer games

The beds are the same as those used during the Tokyo Games, which banned sex

The beds are the same as those used during the Tokyo Games, which banned sex

Athlete accommodation in Saint Denis, France is seen ahead of the Paris Olympics

Athlete accommodation in Saint Denis, France is seen ahead of the Paris Olympics

“…It will be a great place for them to really share their moment,” he added.

However, some athletes like distance runners Paul Chelimo they previously claimed the beds were designed to limit intimacy between the athletes.

«The beds will be able to withstand the weight of a single person to avoid situations outside of sports,» Chelimo wrote ahead of the 2021 Tokyo Games.

«I don’t see any problem for distance runners, 4 of us can do it.»

Irish gymnast Rhys McClenaghan later shared a video of himself jumping on one of the beds – proving they’re not so flimsy after all.

Olympian Rhys McClenagahn proved the Olympic beds are sturdy in 2021 when he jumped on one

Olympian Rhys McClenagahn proved the Olympic beds are sturdy in 2021 when he jumped on one

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However, while Tokyo organizers were handing out condoms, it’s fair to say they weren’t exactly thrilled about athletes having sex in the Olympic village.

«Our intention and goal is not for the athletes to use condoms in the Olympic Village, but to help them raise awareness by taking them back to their own countries,» the Tokyo Olympics Organizing Committee told Japan Today.

For the Olympics, the 300,000 condoms distributed is more than most other years, but not the most.

A whopping 450,000 were distributed ahead of the 2016 Rio Olympics.



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