A lot of the top athletes in the world are used to a life of luxury.
But those taking part in Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will be subjected to special sleeping arrangements.
As reported by the Associated Press, the athletes staying in the Athlete Village, which is being built beside Tokyo Bay, will be sleeping on cardboard beds.
There will be 18,000 single bed frames available in the sleeping quarters of the village, supplied by Japanese mattress company Airweave. These will be made from recyclable cardboard that they claim is stronger than a wooden frame. The general manager of the Athletes Village, Takashi Kitajima, has claimed that the beds can support up to 200kg (440lbs).
Once the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games are over, the cardboard bed frames and the plastic components from the mattresses will be recycled. This move is part of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games committee’s commitment to prioritize sustainability. Going a step further, the Olympic medals are also being made from old donated phones. The victory ceremony podiums are also going to be crafted from recycled plastic.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games was supposed to begin earlier this year. The opening ceremony was scheduled to take place on the 24th of July and the games conclude on the 9th of August. The Paralympic games would have followed on the 25th of August and also utilize cardboard beds.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the Government of Japan agreed to reschedule the games to new dates in 2021. The Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will now take place from 23 July to 8 August 2021. They also agreed on new dates for the Paralympic Games, which will be celebrated from 24 August until 5 September 2021.
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This article first appeared on GYMNASIUMPOST.com on 7th August, 2020.