Cardboard beds won’t fold under Olympic pressure, says manufacturer

TOKYO (AFP) – Randy athletes worried that eco-friendly cardboard beds could curtail their weight at the Tokyo Olympics can breathe easy – they’re sturdy enough, said manufacturers.

While the snug singles at the athletes’ village underline Tokyo’s commitment to sustainability and delivering a ‘green’ Olympics, fears they could fold under pressure look to be unfounded.

Australian basketball player Andrew Bogut raised the alarm when he tweeted: “Great gesture…until the athletes finish their said events.”

But the beds can withstand a weight of 200 kilos and have been through rigorous stress tests, makers Airweave told AFP.

“We’ve conducted experiments, like dropping weights on top of the beds,” said a spokesperson.

“As long as they stick to just two people in the bed, they should be strong enough to support the load.”

At a briefing last Thursday, General Manager of the Tokyo 2020 athletes village Takashi Kitajima said of the beds, “We prefer not to destroy things we build but continue to use them – this is a major element for providing sustainability.”

Beds made of cardboards for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Village are displayed in Tokyo. PHOTO: AFP