Aussie basketballer Andrew Bogut has pointed out a potentially embarrassing problem with the new beds that will grace athletes’ rooms at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Organisers announced on Thursday that athletes will sleep on bed frames made from recyclable cardboard, with mattresses formed of polyethylene materials that will be reused for plastic products after the Games.
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The environmentally conscious sleeping arrangements were put on display for the media for the first time at a mock apartment in the Tokyo 2020 headquarters, though construction of residential sections of the Olympic and Paralympic village were completed in December.
In all 18,000 beds will be required at the village, nestled in Tokyo Bay and in sight of the iconic Rainbow Bridge, during the Olympics that begin on July 24. Only 8,000 will be needed for the Paralympics.
At 2.10 metres long, the beds should be suitable for all but the very tallest athletes, and the manufacturer, Airweave, is confident they can bear a weight of around 200 kilograms, which is more than any athlete weighed at the 2016 Games in Rio.
However Bogut isn’t convinced, posing the question of what might happen when two athletes try to use one bed.
"Great gesture...until the athletes finish their said events and the 1000's of condoms handed out all over the village are put to use," Bogut tweeted on Thursday.
Great gesture...until the athletes finish their said events and the 1000’s of condoms handed out all over the village are put to use........🙉🙈 https://t.co/4wzaoDHL34— Andrew Bogut (@andrewbogut) January 9, 2020
Athletes’ villages are known as a hot-bed of sexual tension during Olympic Games, with organisers handing out around 450,000 condoms at Rio 2016.
The International Olympic Committee said the condoms would encourage the 10,500 athletes and staff to practice safe sex.
Brazilian newspaper Folha de S.Paulo said between 100,000 to 150,000 condoms had been supplied at every Olympics since Sydney 2000.
Former Olympic long-jumper David Culbert said athletes were often jealous of teammates who finished their events early in the program.
"You were slightly envious of a diver or someone on the opening morning — they're done by lunchtime day one," Culbert told Fox Sports in 2016.
"Therefore you've got 16 days of Club Med on steroids (and I mean that in the nicest possible way). It's a ramped-up, hyped-up Club Med if you no longer have to compete."
I’m not sure that bed will suit you Boges, should take a swag.— Michael Smith (@michael_smith9) January 9, 2020
I think they've actually factored that in, cardboard will be already collapsed and ready for removal.— David O'Connor (@sportmediocrity) January 9, 2020
Could you even fit in that bed? They look like toothpicks.— Will Dempsey (@WillDempsey23) January 9, 2020
Tokyo going green for 2020 Olympics
Construction of some communal areas of the Olympic village, like the main dining hall and the village plaza, is still underway.
After the Games, its apartment units will be sold privately, with prices starting from a little over 50 million yen (AU$662,000).
The organisers are making a concerted effort to reduce carbon emissions generated by the Games, according to Junichi Fujino, an environmental researcher on the city’s taskforce.
All medals will be made from metal extracted from recycled consumer electronics, including about 6.2 million used mobile phones.
The Olympic torch is made from aluminium waste, and the podiums from recycled household and marine plastic waste.
Electricity for the Games will come from renewable sources.