Olympic athletes complain about conditions at Beijing Games, limited food options

Complaints from athletes and officials are increasing about the reportedly poor living conditions, dining options, isolating rooms, and debilitating weather conditions, according to social media posts.

German Alpine skiing coach Christian Schwaiger criticized the catering in Beijing and raised issues about limited food options to fuel the high-performing pro athletes.

“The catering is extremely questionable because really it’s not catering at all. “There are no hot meals,” Schwaiger said, via the Sun. “There are crisps, some nuts and chocolate, and nothing else. This shows a lack of focus on high-performance sport.”

Meanwhile, Russian biathlon competitor Valeria Vasnetsova posted to Instagram that she missed her competition after testing positive for COVID-19 and has received pasta, orange sauce, meat and potatoes for all three meals of the day for five days straight, according to NPR.

“My stomach hurts, 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,” the Instagram post reportedly read. Her account has since been made private.

Three-time gold medalist Eric Frenzel also tested positive for the virus, with the head of Germany’s delegation saying the hotel where the athlete was forced to quarantine had “unreasonable” conditions. The room was reportedly too small and dirty, with late food deliveries.

Athletes who test positive for the coronavirus are forced to quarantine and can only compete once they produce two consecutive negative PCR test results, according to NPR.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) released a statement Monday noting their “ongoing commitment to delivering safe and splendid Olympic Winter Games.”

“Any issue – we have to address. No stone can be left unturned. And this is what we have to do until the very last day,” IOC Executive Director for Olympic Games Christophe Dubi said. “We also have a duty, and this is a point we have made on our side, within the Olympic family, and with you (the media) as well – it’s that everything we see, every issue we can identify at that point in time, we have to help the Organizing Committee to address.”




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