Paul Chelimo reacts to the cardboard beds of the Olympic Village – .

Paul Chelimo reacts to the cardboard beds of the Olympic Village – .

In years past, the Olympic Village has been known to offer, hum, extracurricular activities for athletes. In fact, it has become such an acceptable feature of the Games that organizers in previous years have provided hundreds of thousands of free condoms to the village. In light of COVID-19, this year is very different and organizers are discouraging any close contact between athletes. Their solution? Cardboard beds. Olympic silver medalist in the 5000m Paul Chélimo decided to share his point of view on living conditions, and he made long-distance and track runners, past and present, laugh with him.

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Anyone who remembers competing in a cross country competition and sharing a hotel bed with two or three of his teammates will know exactly what Chelimo is talking about, but he didn’t stop there. He went on to note the risks of sleeping on a cardboard box:

He added that he now had two fears before the Olympics: the fear of being locked up during his run and the fear of being locked in the village.

Chelimo has now added another element to his training regimen: He will now have to start training sleeping on the floor in case his bed collapses the day before his race.

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


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