There is only half a year away before the greatest amateur athletes of the world assemble once more to compete for glory in a sporting tradition that has a connection with ancient times. The 2020 Summer Olympics that will begin this July in Tokyo, Japan will be the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in modern reckoning, with a number of events debuting for the first time as Olympic events, or returning after being dropped from the program in the past. With athletes and delegations expected to arrive in Tokyo soon, the Japanese organizers are going all-out to accommodate them and not go over-budget in doing.
On that regard, they may have hit upon an ingenious means to provide enough sleeping accommodations for all official comers according to ABS-CBN News. That is because they are rolling out beds with frames made out of sturdy recyclable cardboard, upon which will be nestled polyethylene-material mattresses. The beds were previewed as part of a bedroom setting demonstration during a pre-Olympic press event in Tokyo just this Thursday, January 9. The mock apartment gave media representatives a tease of the accommodations for the Olympic Village complex, which were already completed construction in December last year.
Located next to Tokyo Bay and within sight of the Rainbow Bridge connected Shibaura Pier and Odaiba, the athlete’s village for the upcoming Olympics will be requiring about 18,000 beds to cover all its future occupants. All those beds will be made of the polyethylene mattresses and recyclable cardboard frames, measuring 2.10 meters in length and therefore able to fit all but the tallest athletes. Airweave, the company making these beds, guarantees that all their Olympic Village beds are good to carry the weight of a 200-kilogram sleeper. To explain, not one of the athletes from the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics ever weighed that much.
A prevailing theme for the Tokyo Summer Olympics this year is environmental sustainability and recyclability of materials. For instance, all medals will have their metals extracted from recycled smartphones, no less than 6.2 million in number. As for the beds, once the Olympics and the follow-up Paralympics are over, they will be recycled again for use in commercial plastic products, ensuring that none of the materials will be wasted in disposal after being used. The Olympic Village buildings themselves will be reconfigured as apartment units. The 2020 Summer Olympics will kick off in Tokyo on July 24, until August 9.
Image courtesy of Inquirer Sports