Belgian textile company BekaertDeslee has announced that its specially-developed mattress topper, the Bounce Air Pad, has been chosen to feature on the hotel beds of Belgian athletes participating in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. 

The Belgian Olympic and Interfederal Committee (BOIC) and Sport Vlaanderen selected the product, which was developed in conjunction with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Melbourne. Its composition - which consists of 2 layers of high-tech 3D textile, with open foam core, finished with a special stitching pattern - is claimed to provide a double positive effect, both decreasing pressure and improving thermal regulation.

The BOIC said in a statement: “For a lot of athletes, it is of utmost importance that they sleep well at night to achieve a better performance. Travelling to Rio de Janeiro, the hot climate and stress can make it difficult for them to sleep. We believe this mattress pad will have a beneficial effect on the sleep and recovering ability of our athletes.” 

Dirk Vandeplancke, CEO of BekaertDeslee commented: “We are glad that the sleeping comfort of sportspeople is now receiving enough attention. We have known from experience for a long time that our mattress fabrics can have a positive influence on improving sleep. For this reason we are pleased that BOIC has chosen our Bounce Air Pad for Team Belgium in Rio.”