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Irish Mirror
Eamon Doggett & Mark Donlon

Irish gymnast Rhys McClenaghan debunks report of 'anti-sex' beds at Olympics

Irish gymnast Rhys McClenaghan has hilariously debunked reports of athletes sleeping in so called 'anti-sex' beds at the Tokyo Olympics.

Organisers of the Games have made it clear that they won't tolerate any sexual activity taking place in the Olympic village in an effort to be Covid-safe.

And it was even reported that the beds installed in the athletes' dorms are designed to collapse if competitors try to have sex on them.

The beds, made of recyclable cardboard, were said to only be able to withstand the weight of one person.

But McClenaghan, who is gunning for gold on the pommel horse in Tokyo, has been quick to nonsense the reports.

Posting a video on Twitter, the 21-year-old jumped up and down on his bed to show they don't break with any sudden movements.

"It's fake," declared McClenaghan. "Fake news!"

It comes after athletes have been urged not to avail of 160,000 free condoms due to be made available to athletes at this summer’s Games.

Since Seoul 1988, hundreds of thousands of condoms have been distributed to encourage safe sex among athletes from 200 countries who, for the duration of the Games, are cocooned in close quarters as residents of the Olympic Village.

But with the omnipresent risk posed by COVID-19, safety and zero transmission are at the forefront of organisers’ minds as they look to hurdle the challenge of staging an Olympics in the middle of a pandemic.

The International Olympics Committee (IOC) have reiterated demands to residents of the Olympic Village to observe social distancing rules to prevent an outbreak of COVID-19, with rule-breakers at risk of a number of penalties, including disqualification from events.

The IOC has said that up to 80 per cent of prospective Olympic and Paralympic athletes will be fully vaccinated by the time the Tokyo Games commence on July 23.

However, they will be encouraged to spend as much time as possible at a safe distance from fellow residents.

The issuing of the condoms alongside the direct message to avoid their use has been seen by some as conflicting.

But now organisers are strongly advising that Village-issued condoms be taken home, and used to raise awareness of HIV and AIDS.

Communal traditions of previous Olympic Games will be dispensed with, as athletes will be expected to eat and sleep alone.

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