The plan for the 18,000 beds and mattresses – 8,000 will also be used for the Paralympic Games starting next month – was announced before the pandemic began and social distancing restrictions were put in place, and they are tougher than expected. they look like.
“Cardboard beds are actually stronger than wood or steel beds,” Airweave said in a statement.
The modular mattresses are customizable to fit athletes of all body types, and the beds can support up to 200 kilos, enough for the most imposing Olympians.
But Olympic authorities still prefer athletes to sleep alone in Tokyo, and stay away from each other elsewhere. A safety precautions manual advises Olympics participants to “avoid unnecessary forms of physical contact, such as hugging, high-fives and shaking hands.”
To further discourage bingeing, the sale of alcohol will be banned. Condoms, which have been distributed at the Olympics since the 1988 Seoul Games, will be supplied to promote safe sex, but will be only a third of those distributed at the 2016 Rio Games, which reached a record 450,000. . And Olympic officials have made it clear that they are intended for athletes to wear only once they are back in their home countries.
The restrictions reflect widespread concern about the coronavirus as the Olympics kick off, especially with the highly contagious delta variant that is fueling outbreaks across Asia. A strict testing regimen has yielded dozens of positive results this month, when more than 18,000 people have arrived in Tokyo for the Games.
Over the weekend, authorities confirmed the first three cases inside the Olympic village, including an organizer and two competitors. Some athletes withdrew from the Games due to safety concerns, while others, such as teenage American tennis star Coco Gauff, withdrew after testing positive.
Hikari Hida collaborated with reporting from Tokyo.
Austin Ramzy is a reporter who writes from Hong Kong and focuses on coverage of the city and regional and breaking news. Previously he covered major events in Asia from Taipei and Beijing. @austinramzy