Australian diver Cassiel Rousseau has been filmed inspecting his broken cardboard bed in the Olympic Village after ‘just standing on it’ as he prepares for the Men’s 10 metre Platform event.
The beds have been the subject of plenty of interest in the build up to and during the games after it was revealed they would be made of cardboard and speculation persisted this was to avoid intimacy between athletes due to Covid related concerns.
However, it has been reported that the sustainable design is aimed at allowing organisers to recycle the materials into new plastic products after the conclusion of the Olympics and Paralympics in Japan.
20-year-old diver Rousseau was filmed by his teammate Sam Fricker, who uploaded the Tik Tok to his 800,000 followers, and can be heard exclaiming that he “just stood on it (the bed)” as he inspects the dented and bent cardboard frame.
It would appear this is not the first bed broken by the Australian Olympic contingent with Fricker captioning the 16-second clip “another broken bed”.
The pair are appearing at their debut Olympics and are preparing for the 10m Men’s Platform diving preliminaries on next Friday, ahead of the semi-final and final the day after.
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The event also features synchronised gold medallist Tom Daley and fellow Brit Noah Williams and will be held at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre.
Daley won his first gold at his fourth Olympic Games on Monday in the Men’s Synchro event alongside teammate Matty Lee, pipping the Chinese World Champion pair to the title.
As for the beds at the Olympic Village, the 18,000 “high-resistance lightweight cardboard” beds have been designed with the intention of being recycled into new plastic products after the conclusion of the games.
The cardboard design had originally led to speculation that it was to avoid intimacy between athletes during the games and led to them being tagged ‘anti-sex beds’ as it was claimed they could only hold the weight of one person.
However, this myth has since been debunked as the beds have gone viral on social media, with one Tik Tok showing the Israeli baseball team testing the strength of a bed.
It took nine of them to finally cause considerably damage to the bed, as the video racked up over 50,000 likes on the video sharing app.
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