Mortal Kombat McClenaghan filmed himself bouncing The recycled cardboard beds are designed to be environmentally sound rather than to discourage intimacy.

Irish gymnast Rhys McClenaghan filmed himself bouncing on his cardboard bed to disprove the rumors that they would collapse under any strain.

“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 from Newtownards in Northern Ireland bounced up and down, he proclaimed “it’s fake news!”

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IOC communications chief Christian Claue tweeted: “Getting a lot of questions right now to @iocmedia about the sustainable cardboard beds of the Olympic Village.”

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Meanwhile, three members of South Africa’s under-23s football team have tested positive for COVID at the Olympic Village for Tokyo 2020, which is due to begin this coming Friday. The Japanese capital remains under a state of emergency due to coronavirus and spectators are banned.

The six athletes and two members of staff tested negative before departure and upon arrival in Japan, but have since been identified as close contact of an infected person who was on the plane, which landed on Friday.

That person is not a member of Team GB, the British Olympic Association said.

It comes after three COVID cases were identified at the Olympic Village in Tokyo

The South Africans – footballers Thabiso Monyane and Kamohelo Mahlatsi, and video analyst Mario Masha – are in their country’s squad for the under-23 men’s soccer tournament at the Games.

Nobody else on the team has tested positive and are following safety protocols, while those who are infected have entered isolation, officials said.

Tokyo 2020 had promised that the Athlete’s Village in the Harumi district of the Japanese capital would be one of the most COVID-secure environments possible.

Nadhim Zahawi told Kay Burley he will set out the latest in a Commons statement to MPs from around 3.30pm.

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He said the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) had delivered their advice on the topic to the government and ministers would consider it.

“They have looked very closely, especially at children who are more vulnerable to serious infection from COVID, children who live with adults who are more vulnerable to serious infection from COVID and, of course, 17-year-olds who are close to becoming 18 – so three months from their 18th birthday – and we will take that advice before I make a statement to Parliament later today.”

It is expected that most teenagers will not be offered COVID jabs, only those who are vulnerable to serious infection from COVID, those who live with a vulnerable adult or those who are about to turn 18.

Mr Zahawi said the JCVI were “continuing to review” whether all children should be offered a vaccine.