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Paul Chelimo responds to cardboard beds in the Olympic Village

The beds are designed to discourage "intimacy among athletes", but the Olympic silver medallist says that won't be a problem for the distance runners

Paul Chelimo

In years past, the Olympic Village has been known for offering, ahem, extracurricular activities for athletes. In fact, this has become such an acceptable feature of the Games that organizers in previous years have provided hundreds of thousands of free condoms in the Village. In light of COVID-19, this year is much different, and organizers are discouraging any close contact between athletes. Their solution? Cardboard beds. Olympic 5,000m silver-medallist Paul Chelimo decided to share his take on the living conditions, and it has past and present cross-country and track runners laughing right along with him.

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Anyone who remembers traveling to a cross-country meet and having to share a hotel bed with two or three of their teammates will know exactly what Chelimo is talking about, but he didn’t stop there. He continued, noting the risks involved in sleeping on a cardboard box:

He added that now he has two fears heading into the Olympic Games: fear of getting boxed-in during his race, and fear of getting boxed-in in the Village.

Chelimo has now added another element to his training regime: he will now have to start practising sleeping on the floor in case his bed collapses the night before his race.

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Now the real question is, how many bed-related injuries will be sustained during this year’s Games? We will have to wait to find out.