By Post Editorial Board
February 11, 2022
A Canadian athlete prepares to order food at a cafeteria in the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics village.
Incompetence or malevolence? Olympic athletes are getting the full Communist China experience: barely enough food, and substandard at that, inhumane living conditions, absurd isolation rules and threats of punishment for speaking too freely.
German Alpine skiing coach Christian Schwaiger highlighted the fact that the “extremely questionable” food options aren’t enough to fuel high-performing athletes: “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.”
In a since-deleted Instagram post, Russian biathlete Valeria Vasnetsova posted a photo of the food she was served in quarantine: plain pasta, charred meat and no vegetables.
“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,” she wrote, noting it’s the same meal for “breakfast, lunch and dinner for five days already. My bones are already sticking out.”
Finnish hockey coach Jukka Jalonen, meanwhile, called out another outrage: All his players tested negative right before leaving for China, but some on arrival were told they’d tested positive and sent to quarantine. Are Chinese officials giving out false positives to weaken the other nations’ teams? We bet China’s buddy Vladimir Putin is happy to see the Finns hamstrung. Why isn’t a Beijing-independent body in charge of testing?
Naturally, the pathetic International Olympic Committee is essentially siding with Beijing, claiming to “feel for” athletes stuck in quarantine but insisting it’s about “safe Olympic Games for everyone.”
Sure looks like a totalitarian regime using medical and food issues to manipulate the competition. These may not be true Olympics, but the Hunger Games.