The Tokyo Olympics haven’t even started yet and drama is still brewing. Tennis superstar Coco Gauff will NOT compete in the Games after she contracted COVID. Toyota – one of the Games’ top sponsors – has pulled their ads during the Games. Also, we’ve got deets on those "anti-sex" cardboard beds….
COVID is still causing drama for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.
We already know there will not be any spectators at the Games. Now, folks are concerned how many athletes will actually make it to Tokyo to compete.
Tennis superstar Coco Gauff will NOT compete at the Tokyo Olympics as she has tested positive for COVID-19. She was set to lead the U.S. Olympic tennis team.
— Coco Gauff (@CocoGauff) July 18, 2021
“I am so disappointed to share the news that I have tested positive for COVID and won’t be able to play in the Olympic Games in Tokyo,” Coco tweeted on Sunday. “It has always been a dream of mine to represent the USA at the Olympics, and I hope there will be many more chances for me to make this come true in the future. I want to wish TEAM USA best of luck and a safe games for every Olympian and the entire Olympic family.”
Unfortunately, the positive test comes days before the July 23rd opening ceremony. It’s unclear if Coco was vaccinated or not. She didn’t say.
The 17-year-old tennis star is currently the 25th ranked woman player in the world, but fans will not get to see her burn up the court at The Games this year.
The United States Tennis Association released a statement in response to Coco’s announcement:
We wish her the best as she deals with this unfortunate situation and hope to see her back on the courts very soon. We know Coco will join all of us in rooting on the other Team USA members who will be traveling to Japan and competing in the coming days. (2/2)
— USTA (@usta) July 18, 2021
"We were saddened to learn that Coco Gauff has tested positive for COVID-19 and will therefore be unable to participate in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The entire USA Tennis Olympic contingent is heartbroken for Coco," the statement read.
"We wish her the best as she deals with this unfortunate situation and hope to see her back on the courts very soon. We know Coco will join all of us in rooting on the other Team USA members who will be traveling to Japan and competing in the coming days."
Right now, there are reportedly 55 confirmed cases linked to The Games, which include officials and contractors. Athletes aren’t the only ones affected by the pandemic before The Games…
Toyota – one of the Games’ top sponsors – has decided to pull their advertisements on Japanese television during the Tokyo Olympics.
Tokyo 2020 sponsor Toyota (7203.T) will not air Olympics-related TV commercials, the daily Yomiuri reported a senior company executive as saying on Monday.
"The Olympics is becoming an event that has not gained the public’s understanding," the report quoted the executive as saying. Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda is expected to skip attending the opening ceremony, according to the report.
While the company has decided to pull their ads in Japan, Toyota’s U.S. ads for the Olympics are still a GO. Deadline reports:
NBCUniversal has responded to the news that Toyota has pulled its Olympics advertising in Japan, where the majority of the country doesn’t want to host the Games mid-pandemic.
“Toyota is all systems go,” said an NBCU spokesperson of advertising stateside. “Toyota is not adjusting any U.S. marketing plans for the Olympics. Nothing has been cancelled or altered.”
NBCU says that the world’s second-largest car manufacturer is only adjusting their plans and creative messaging in the Games’ home country.
“No advertiser in the US has asked to cancel their Olympics plans,” affirmed the spokesperson.
This is the craziest story. In order to prevent Olympians from having sex, and thus risk spreading the Covid virus, beds at the Tokyo Olympic Village are made from cardboard so they collapse if more than one person gets on them! pic.twitter.com/RZKEPbcr4x
— John Aravosis (@aravosis) July 17, 2021
Twitter has fueld the rumor about an Olympic "anti-sex" cardboard box bed. Here’s the deal…
There have been rumors circulating that this year’s Olympic athletes will have to sleep on "cardboard beds," which were supposedly designed to prevent casual sex during The Games.
It’s not true.
According to the rumor, the beds were supposedly designed to hold the weight of just one person. The rumor gained traction after Olympic runner Paul Chelimo tweeted that the beds, made of "high resistance lightweight cardboard," were made to avoid intimacy among athletes.
Beds to be installed in Tokyo Olympic Village will be made of cardboard, this is aimed at avoiding intimacy among athletes
Beds will be able to withstand the weight of a single person to avoid situations beyond sports.
I see no problem for distance runners,even 4 of us can do pic.twitter.com/J45wlxgtSo
— Paul Chelimo (@Paulchelimo) July 17, 2021
Again, it’s NOT true.
USA Today reports:
The beds in question can actually support up to 441 pounds, a press released from Inside The Games said. That’s more than two times the average weight of an American man.
A Japanese bedding company, Airweave, is providing Olympic athletes with the 18,000 beds and mattresses made of polyethylene.
The cardboard beds were made to be sustainable, but also comfortable, according to Takashi Kitajima, a Tokyo 2020 organizer in charge of the Athletes’ Village.
"(The beds) will be recycled into paper products after the Games, with the mattress components recycled into new plastic products," the news release read from Inside The Games. "This will be the first time in Olympic and Paralympic history that all beds and bedding are made almost entirely from renewable materials."
Like many users pointed out, if athletes were really trying to get it in, they could just do it on the floor.
In Tokyo, organizers plan to give out 150,000 condoms, but only as a parting gift.
"The distribution of condoms is not to use in the village," Kitajima said at a press conference. “So the purpose of distributing condoms is not (just) to use in the village, but to ask athletes to cooperate for the awareness of the issue by bringing the condoms back home to their countries.”
Apparently, sex is a pastime for some athletes that attend the Games. With the way this COVID pandemic is set up, let’s hope folks are being EXTRA careful.
olympic village pic.twitter.com/pA65aLOyPj
— Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) July 19, 2021
Lord. Simone Biles — just stay in your own bubble, sis!
NBCUniversal will air Tokyo Olympic Games, which run from July 23rd – August 8th. The Opening Ceremony will air Friday, July 23rd, starting at 7AM EST/4AM PST. The Closing Ceremony is set for August 8th at 7AM EST/4AM PST. Will you be watching?
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