An Irish gymnast is giving 10 to the Olympic bed.
In an Instagram segment he called the “episode of fake news at today’s Olympic Games”, Rhys McClenaghan bounced as if he was on a trampoline atop a cardboard bed in the Olympic Village in Toyoko. It was fine.
He told social media the rumor that anti-sex beds would fall under any rubbish.
“Anti-Sex” Beds at the Olympics pic.twitter.com/2jnFm6mKcB
— Rhys McClenaghan (@McClenaghanRhys) July 18, 2021
“They’re made of cardboard, yes, but apparently they’re meant to break up any sudden movements,” McClenaghan says in the video while jumping up and down on the bed.
“This is fake, fake news!”
The official Olympic Twitter account thanked McClenaghan for “busting the myth,” noting that “durable cardboard beds are strong.”
Sports could use some positive news.
Some athletes from the Olympic Village in Tokyo have tested positive for COVID-19, the Czech Republic team reported on Monday in the case of a beach volleyball player who could miss his first game.
He is the third athlete who was living in the village to test positive. Two South African male soccer players announced their COVID-19 cases on Sunday.
Also on Monday, US gymnasts personal coach Kara Ecker confirmed that the 18-year-old alternate had tested positive at an Olympic training camp in Japan. Coach Al Fong said 18-year-old Ecker was vaccinated against the novel coronavirus two months ago. Ecker, the first American athlete to test positive after arriving in Japan, was in the room, among other options, with the competing team fellow competitors.
The South African player and a team video analyst who tested positive a day earlier were taken to an “isolation facility” managed by the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee.
His 21 close contacts around the South Africa team will now face additional scrutiny ahead of their first game against Japan in Tokyo. Monitoring arrangements include daily testing, traveling in a dedicated vehicle, training separately from teammates who are not affected and confined to their rooms for meals.
“Although you are a close liaison, you are able to do the minimum you need to do so that you can continue your preparation for the Games,” said Olympic Games Operations Director Pierre Ducre.
Earlier on Monday, before the Czech case was reported, Tokyo Olympics organizers confirmed three new COVID-19 cases, including a media worker arriving in Tokyo and a sports worker or official in Chiba Prefecture.
Organizers said both the men, who were not identified, went into 14-day quarantine.
The Tokyo metropolitan authority reported 727 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, the 30th consecutive day compared to the previous week. Last Monday the count was 502.
Games opened on Friday without fans.