Hundreds of top athletes worldwide will gather in Tokyo for the Olympics, and many will sleep on cardboard beds during their stay in the athletes’ village.
Rumors swirled around the rationale of using such material, but the official reasoning from spokespeople at the Summer Games is because of the cardboard’s 100 percent recyclable material.
Ali Riley, who’ll compete for New Zealand in women’s soccer, shared a video of her cardboard bed, and I cannot believe it says on the packaging, “better sleep, better performance.”
That’s outrageously funny. Sleeping on a new or different mattress than the one you’re accustomed to feels difficult enough.
Imagine sleeping on something as stiff as cardboard?
It’s hilarious visualizing how Team USA basketball player and Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant will be able to sleep on a bed like this possibly.
Simone Biles and her gymnastics teammates won’t have to worry because they’re staying at a hotel.
We all know how important a role proper sleep plays in sports performance, so it’ll be interesting to see how the athletes who sleep on cardboard beds perform compared to the athletes who have access to better accommodations.
Doesn’t it feel a tad unfair?
Congratulations on qualifying and making it to the Olympics.
You’ve worked years for the opportunity to win a gold medal.
Now, enjoy sleeping on a cardboard bed.
It’s Been A Lot Worse
Add cardboard beds to the long list of inexcusable living accommodations for both the athletes and journalists in the history of the Olympics.
Recall the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, when Chicago Tribune reporter Stacy St.Clair posted on Twitter, the color of the tap water at her hotel:
She shared that the hotel also told its guests not to wash their faces with water from the tap because it contained something dangerous.
Several other journalists at the Olympics in Sochi shared photos of broken curtains in both the bed and bathrooms at their hotels, but it’s nothing a little tape can’t solve:
BBC News correspondent Steve Rosenberg shared a curious-looking bathroom set-up at one of the venue sites from Sochi seven years ago too:
And Greg Whyshynski of ESPN posted a photo from a restroom at the same Olympics, instructing him to discard his used toilet paper in the trash.
Would you please use the bin and not the toilet in toilet paper?
Fast forward to two years later in Rio de Janeiro; Associated Press sports writer Stephen Wade found himself without a usable shower at his living quarters in the media village:
It’s amazing how billions of dollars go into building stadiums and iconic sites around host cities for the Olympics, but the most elite athletes from all around the globe sleep on something as cheap as cardboard.