Olympic Gymnast Rhys McClenaghan Debunks 'Anti-Sex' Bed Conspiracy
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It has been one of the biggest talking points during the build-up to the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
But now, with one single video, a gymnast has shed some light on the controversial "anti-sex" beds within the Olympic Village - yes, beds.
It was rumoured that Tokyo officials has designed unique beds for the athletes that completely collapsed under the pressure of two (or more) people.
Now, whether this was to combat the spread of coronavirus or stop the spread of something else remains to be confirmed - we'll let you be the judge.
Either way, these mythical beds have made headlines leading into the Games, but it seems one bloke has singlehandedly debunked the entire theory that they're easily-collapsable.
Beds to be installed in Tokyo Olympic Village will be made of cardboard, this is aimed at avoiding intimacy among athletes- Paul Chelimo:flag_us: (@Paulchelimo) July 17, 2021
Beds will be able to withstand the weight of a single person to avoid situations beyond sports.
I see no problem for distance runners,even 4 of us can do:joy: pic.twitter.com/J45wlxgtSo
Upon entry to the Olympic Village, Irish gymnast Rhys McClenaghan was clearly eager to put the conspiracy to the test and conducted his very own crash test before posting his learnings on social media.
In the viral video, McClenaghan has a simple technique which easily puts the myth - well - to bed.
"In today's episode of fake news at the Olympic Games, the beds are meant to be anti-sex, they're made out of cardboard yes, but apparently they're meant to break under any sudden movements," he said before jumping high on the bed.
And despite the added weight and pressure, the bed didn't appear to buckle at all.
"It's fake. Fake news," McClenaghan concluded.
The clip has racked up almost 3 million views already on Twitter.
"Anti-sex" beds at the Olympics pic.twitter.com/2jnFm6mKcB- Rhys Mcclenaghan (@McClenaghanRhys) July 18, 2021
There's an ongoing narrative that the Olympic Village is renowned for its high levels of sexual activity among athletes.
It's pretty well documented that officials for the Rio Games in 2016 handed out the most condoms on record - approximately 450,000 to be precise.
Tokyo organisers, on the other hand, aren't too fond of the idea of athletes using their spare time getting to know each other better and have issued strict rules on physical contact which includes anything from kissing and hugging to singing and dancing - and yes, sex is in there too.
That said, they are still distributing roughly 160,000 condoms to the competitors which is works out to be 14 per person.
The country's Olympic committee said: "Our intent and goal is not for athletes to use the condoms at the Olympic Village, but to help with awareness by taking them back to their own countries."
Well, we'll see if the athletes themselves are onboard with that bold idea.
Featured Image Credit: PA/Twitter/@McClenaghanRhys
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