BY MICHAEL PAVITT.
Athletes are set to sleep on beds made of recycled cardboard at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games after organisers revealed further details about the Athletes’ Village.
The Athletes’ Village is based in the Harumi waterfront district of Tokyo.
The Village consists of residential buildings, which will have 18,000 beds during the Olympic Games, reduced to 8,000 beds during the Paralympic Games.
Organisers have now revealed the bed frames will be made of “sturdy recycled cardboard”.
It is claimed this is part of efforts to ensure the Olympic and Paralympic Games are environmentally friendly and sustainable.
The cardboard beds are expected to be recycled following the Games.
According to Kyodo News, rooms in the Athletes’ Village will include bedclothes, closets and tables, while fridges and televisions can be rented.
Laundry services will be free of charge, while a dining hall will be open for 24 hours during the Games.
The Athletes’ Village will be renovated and sold as apartments and tower blocks following the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Organisers have claimed athletes will be able to enjoy views from the village and can visit areas around the city.
“It’s distinct for not being in the suburbs but being in the middle of the city, close to Odaiba, Haneda, Shinagawa and Ginza,” Takashi Kitajima, village general manager told Kyodo News.
“Athletes will be able to bask in a sense of spacious calm as they take in the views on offer.”
Construction of the Athletes’ Village was completed last month.
Temporary structures and final preparations will take place at the Village in the coming months.
Former Japan Football Association President Saburo Kawabuchi was appointed head of the Tokyo 2020 Athletes’ Village in December.
Tokyo 2020 President Yoshiro Mori confirmed the appointment of Kawabuchi, a former football player turned sports administrator.
He vowed to ensure athletes enjoyed a comfortable stay at the Games.