In an unorthodox attempt to keep athletes socially distanced, the ‘anti sex beds’ will collapse under the weight of more than one person
You read that correctly: athletes at the Tokyo Olympics will basically be sleeping on a cardboard box to prevent any sexual activity. The ‘anti sex beds’ will collapse under more than 200kg.
With this in mind, the Olympic Games committee has also advised athletes to not use the customary Olympic Games condoms. Rather, they’ve told athletes that they can keep them as a memento. If you’re wondering why they’re giving them out at all if they can’t be used, you’re not the only one. Any athlete that breaks these rules could face disqualification.
In response to concerns over the beds, the manufacturer said that athletes should have no issue so long as they stick to one person per bed.
A sustainable and fully recyclable alternative to regular beds
Allegedly, sleeping on cardboard is not only good at preventing sex, but also is environmentally-friendly. The cardboard beds will be recycled after use. Some Twitter users are pointing out that the beds were designed before Covid-19, so weren’t really created to prevent sex. that’s just a handy side-feature.
Takashi Kitajima, the general manager of the Athletes Village, told The Associated Press through an interpreter that the beds are stronger than wood.
In actual fact, the beds have some pretty high-tech features. Japanese company Airweave designed the beds. While the bed frame itself is made from cardboard, the modular mattresses are made from recyclable polyethylene fibres.
“The concept was to make a lightweight, easy-to-assemble mattress and meet the Games’ Sustainability Plan,” Airweave told Dezeen.
The mattress is completely customisable, made from three seperate blocks zipped together. One to support the head and shoulders, one to support the waist and one to support the legs. Athletes can order the blocks in four different levels of firmness.
“Our signature modular mattress design allows for firmness customizations at the shoulder, waist and legs to achieve proper spine alignment and sleep posture, allowing for the highest level of personalization for each athlete’s unique body type,” Airweave said.
This comes after a person staying in the athlete’s village tested positive for Covid-19. The person, a non-athlete in their 60s, had only mild symptoms but was hospitalised because of their age and pre-existing conditions.
Organisers promise that the Games will be “safe and secure”.
Major League Baseball has told a team to stop testing for Coronavirus
A Boston Redsox outfielder said that MLB told his team struggling with COVID-19 to treat symptoms, instead of testing
The Boston Redsox have nine players who have tested positive with coronavirus.
When questioned about the situation on WEEI’s Merloni & Fauria show, Refroe said the league had instructed the team to stop testing for the virus.
“MLB basically told us to stop the testing and just treat the symptoms,” Renfroe said.
“We’re like ‘No. We’re gonna figure out what’s going on and try to keep this thing under control.'”
When the bewildered host asked Renfroe to confirm if Major League Baseball had asked the team to stop testing, he confirmed “yes”.
Major League Baseball quickly released a statement to Julian McWilliams of the Boston Globe saying Renfroe’s claim was incorrect.
“He (Renfroe) is completely wrong and inaccurate.” the statement said.
The Red Sox are currently missing shortstop Xander Bogart, starters Nick Pivetta and Martin Perez, outfielder Jarren Duran, and closer Matt Barnes because of the outbreak.
The Redsox have released a statement saying they have followed league COVID restrictions, and will continue to test. The team is currently under the 85% vaccinated threshold to ease restrictions imposed by the league.
-By Parker McKenzie
North Korea banned from the next Olympics
The ‘Hermit Kingdom’ has been banned from the 2022 Winter Olympics because it skipped the Tokyo games this year
The International Olympics Committee (IOC) announced the suspension of the North Korean Olympic Committee until the end of 2022. The Beijing Winter Olympics will run from the 4th-20th of February, 2022.
IOC president Thomas Bach announced the suspension on Wednesday.
“They were in violation of the Olympic Charter, and did not fulfil their obligation as stated in the Olympic Charter to participate in the games of the Olympiad by sending athletes.” Bach said.
North Korea announced in April that it would skip the games over coronavirus concerns.
Bach said that any athlete who qualifies for the games may be able to compete under a neutral flag, in the same way Russian athletes have competed since the countries doping ban.
“Athletes should not suffer from wrong decisions of their agencies or their officials,” Bach said.
“So there we have kept this door open.”
The International Olympic Committee said that North Korea will forfeit an undisclosed amount of money in financial support.
The decision could influence countries considering boycotting the China based Olympics over concerns of human rights.
When asked about this in response to the IOC helping Afhgan athletes receive visas, Bach downplayed the IOC’s ability to influence the actions of the Chinese government.
“There are limitations in our influence,” the IOC president said.
“It’s to take care of humanitarian issues within the Olympic community. This is what we are doing.”
North Korea had 20 athletes compete at the 2018 winter Olympics in South Korea, winning no medals. They previously sent no competitors to the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014.
-By Parker McKenzie
Good-bye Hamilton? Verstappen takes lead after F1 lead
Max Verstappen has taken the lead in the Formula One driver’s championship after a victory in front of his home fans at the Dutch Grand Prix
The Dutchman converted his pole position to a second consecutive win over Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton.
It comes as the Formula 1 season returned to Circuit Zandvoort for the first time since 1985.
Valtteri Bottas finished in third, as an army of fans painted in orange cheered on their home hero.
Verstappen is now three points ahead of Hamilton for the championship, as drivers prepare for next weekend’s race at Monza in Italy.
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