Beijing Winter Olympics: Lack of hot food sparks cries foreign athletes are being 'STARVED'

Beijing Winter Olympics: Lack of hot food sparks cries foreign athletes are being 'STARVED'
The Winter Olympic athletes and officials raged over the facilities and circumstances they faced in the Chinese capital, citing concerns about food (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images & @ClintEhrlich/Twitter)

Winter Olympic athletes are having a rough time concerning food, the terrible cold, and brutal isolation quarters in Beijing. On the second day of the Beijing Olympics, international athletes and officials raged over the facilities and circumstances they are facing in the Chinese capital. Germans were the first to express their dissatisfaction with the absence of adequate food at the Alpine course in Yanqing. This came after the blue riband men's downhill was canceled and rescheduled due to strong winds.

Skiing coach Christian Schwaiger complained: “The catering is extremely questionable because really it’s not catering at all. I’d have expected that the Olympic Committee would be capable of providing hot meals. There are no hot meals. There are crisps, some nuts and chocolate, and nothing else. This shows a lack of focus on high-performance sport.”

Finland ice hockey coach Jukka Jalonen added that their players were not getting good food, which is required for more energy, Reuters reports

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Others arrived prepared, and Team USA had the foresight to carry camping food – such as pasta bags – that just requires boiling water to cook. While most major sporting events normally provide a buffet for participants, tougher coronavirus precautions in Yanqing may be the reason for the cold catering, according to a US team spokesperson, who added that food from the athletes' village may also be brought.

Upon arrival at Beijing​ Capital International Airport, more than 360 Games participants, including 142 athletes and national staff, were reported to have tested positive. Athletes who test positive but exhibit no symptoms are admitted to a special hotel for isolation.



 

Anyone with Covid-19 symptoms will be admitted to the hospital right away. They will then be eligible to compete in the competition after they have tested negative on consecutive days. Valeria Vasnetsova, a Russian biathlete, said on Instagram from one of the city's so-called quarantine hotels that her stomach was hurting due to lack of good food.

She explained, “I’m very pale and I have huge black circles around my eyes. I want all this to end. I cry every day. I’m very tired.” Vasnetsova also shared a snapshot of the food she was served, claiming it was served as "breakfast, lunch, and dinner for five days."  She said she ate some of the pasta but found it difficult to eat.

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