Greg O’Shea has shown off the cardboard bed he’ll be sleeping in for the next few weeks, as he takes part in the Olympic Games.
The Limerick native, who shot to fame when he won Love Island in 2019, is part of Ireland’s Rugby Sevens team – which qualified for the Tokyo Olympics last month.
The 26-year-old finally arrived in Tokyo on Monday, and shared a glimpse of his room in the Olympic Village – which includes a bed made of cardboard.
Organisers put beds made of cardboard in the rooms this year, as they’re more environmentally friendly and can be recycled after use.
However, rumours are rife the beds were actually designed to prevent competitors having sex, amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking on his Instagram Story, Greg said: “Getting a lot of messages from people wondering are the beds here in the Olympic Village actually made of cardboard, and they are, look at this.”
The rugby player then showed off his cardboard bed, and admitted it was actually pretty comfortable.
Addressing rumours they were designed to avoid athletes having sex, Greg said: “Supposedly the reason why they are made of cardboard is obviously so they can be recycled afterwards, but also to discourage any activities I’ve been told…”
The news comes after Irish gymnast Rhys McClenaghan attempted to disprove the rumours by posting a video of himself bouncing on his cardboard bed.
In the video, he said: “In today’s episode of fake news at the Olympic Games, the beds that are meant to be anti sex.”
“They are made out of cardboard, yes, apparently they are meant to break under any sudden movements.”
As the 21-year-old bounced on his bed, he should: “It’s fake news!”
“Anti-sex” beds at the Olympics pic.twitter.com/2jnFm6mKcB
— Rhys Mcclenaghan (@McClenaghanRhys) July 18, 2021