‘Anti-sex’ beds installed in athletes’ rooms at Paris Olympics

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The athletes at the Olympic Games in Paris may be elite but they also have needs.

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While the Olympic Village, wherever the games are being held, have a reputation for sexy time between athletes, organizers in Paris are prepared to make their accommodations as unsexy as possible.

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So-called “anti-sex beds” are what the athletes will find themselves sleeping on.

The twin-size beds made with cardboard frames claim to support the weight of a person up to 200 kilograms, but the seemingly less sturdy construction and small size is intended for just one competitor.

The Olympics organizing committee insisted the new beds are about sustainability, made from 100% recyclable materials.

“I hope that Paris 2024’s efforts to reduce its impact will show that it is possible to do things differently,” Georgina Grenon, the committee’s director of environmental excellence, told AFP.

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Well-meaning for the environment or not, sex at the Olympics has long been an issue, with athletes at the Tokyo Olympics boasting similar sex-stopping beds, also manufactured by Airweave — though competitors there were told to not be intimate with one another due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Paris had previously lifted a ban and were set to hand out 300,000 condoms to the athletes to promote safe sex.


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“It is very important that the conviviality here is something big,” Olympic and Paralympic village director Laurent Michaud told Sky News.

“Working with the athletes commission, we wanted to create some places where the athletes would feel very enthusiastic and comfortable.”

Former long jump star Susen Tiedtke, of Germany, previously told the tabloid Bild that “sex is always an issue in the village,” and banning it “doesn’t work at all.”

Tiedtke explained: “The athletes are at their physical peak at the Olympics. When the competition is over, they want to release their energy.”

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