Cardboard mattresses were first used at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in Japan in 2021. Rumours that the mattresses were produced to 'deter athletes from sex' also emerged here for the first time. It was claimed that the mattresses were 'very light' and would 'break at the slightest movement'.

The allegation about the 'anti-sex' mattresses came after Olympic runner Paul Chelimo suggested that the mattresses were manufactured to discourage sexual activity between athletes during the Tokyo Olympics.

However, the claims about these mattresses, which were used for the first time at the Tokyo Olympics, do not reflect the truth. According to Olympic officials, this initiative was implemented for a more sustainable competition. It was stated that these mattresses, which are made of environmentally friendly and recyclable materials, can be reused and are designed not to create too much environmental waste.

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Irish gymnast Rhys McClenaghan also denied the allegations. He even posted a TikTok video in which he was seen jumping on his bed. McClenaghan said, "Beds are supposed to be 'anti-sex'. They're made of cardboard, yes, and apparently they'll break at any sudden movement. Fake! Fake news," he said.

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