Olympic hero Ian Thorpe reacts to ‘anti-sex beds’ at Tokyo Games

‘It’s weird’: Australian Olympic hero Ian Thorpe reacts to ‘anti-sex beds’ at Tokyo Olympics

Olympic gold medalist Ian Thorpe has weighed in on the rumors of ‘anti-sex beds’ in the athletes’ village during the Tokyo Olympics.

According to an urban legend – which has since been debunked – the frames are designed to buckle under “intense physical activity” to discourage athletes from any intimate act that could lead to a Covid-19 outbreak.

The retired competitive swimmer, 38, said the rumor about the beds was “weird” during an interview on The Kyle and Jackie O Show on Friday.

‘It’s a weird thing’: Olympic gold medalist Ian Thorpe (pictured in Sydney last month) has weighed in on the rumored ‘anti-sex beds’ in the athletes’ village at the Tokyo Olympics

“Did you hear that there is a sex ban in the village?” asked radio host Kyle Sandilands.

“They shouldn’t be frisky with each other. How dare they impose the garbage ban!’

“Yeah, we had condom sponsors and stuff,” said Thorpe, who competed in the 2000 Sydney and 2004 Athens Olympics.

“It’s weird that that’s actually happening at these Olympics,” he added.

Strange: The retired competitive swimmer, 38, said the rumor about the beds was

Strange: The retired competitive swimmer, 38, said the rumor about the beds was “weird” during an interview on The Kyle and Jackie O Show on Friday. Pictured: Radio hosts Kyle Sandilands and Jackie ‘O’ Henderson

But Thorpe noted that he had seen a video on social media of “one of the gymnasts jumping up and down on the recycled cardboard beds they made for the athletes to prove that you can actually try them, if you want” .

He then wondered what would happen if a “big weightlifter” or “discus thrower” jumped on the bed, prompting co-host Jackie “O” Henderson to say, “I think it would crumble.”

Thorpe was referring to 21-year-old Irish gymnast Rhys McClenaghan, who filmed himself on Sunday jumping on the ‘sustainable’ beds in the athletes’ village.

Stunned: Thorpe noted that he had seen a video on social media of

Stunned: Thorpe noted that he had seen a video on social media of “one of the gymnasts jumping up and down on the recycled cardboard beds they made for the athletes to prove that you can actually try them, if you want.” to’ – refute the rumor about the ‘anti-sex beds’

McClenaghan wanted to debunk “fake news” claims that the frames were unstable and could not support “strong physical activity” such as sex.

The images provoked a response from the official Olympic Games Twitter account, which read: “Thanks for debunking the myth…the durable beds are firm!”

In January last year, officials denied that the beds were not suitable for post-game revelry, saying they would hold up if only two people were on them.

Sweet relief: In January last year, officials denied that the beds (pictured) were not fit for post-game revelry, saying they'd hold out if only two people were on them

Sweet relief: In January last year, officials denied that the beds (pictured) were not fit for post-game revelry, saying they’d hold out if only two people were on them

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