China accused of violating the human rights of Olympic athletes in quarantine

China has been accused of violating the human rights of Finnish ice hockey players detained in Beijing’s hotel quarantine.

This is caused by a pile of complaints about poor conditions during COVID-19 quarantine for athletes, such as food, hygiene, and training equipment.

“with some reason, [China] Jukka Jalonen, head coach of the Finnish men’s ice hockey team, will not respect his human rights at a press conference via Zoom on February 6, and that’s not a great situation. “

According to Jaronen, Marko Anttila, who chose the Chicago Blackhawks in the ninth round of the 2004 NHL Draft, was under great psychological stress because he “did not get good food.”

“I talked to him yesterday,” said the coach. “Marco is a mentally strong man. He is not depressed, but he is quite depressed. Several times a day he becomes a cold and tasteless spaghetti bolognese.”

Antira remained absent while his teammates were training at the Beijing National Gymnasium. The first domestic match at the Beijing Olympics will face Slovakia on February 10, but Antira can only leave the quarantine hotel after two PCR tests at 24-hour intervals.

According to team doctor Marlit Waltonen, the player had a positive test when he arrived in China 18 days ago, despite some negative tests before leaving for Beijing. Was done. “We are very helpless and do not want to isolate Marco,” he said.

Antira is no longer infectious, and ongoing quarantine is “not medically justified,” doctors said. “Now it looks like culture and policy,” he said.

“Here, the attitude towards the virus is different.”

More than 350 Olympic participants, including dozens of athletes, have tested positive when they arrived in the Chinese capital since January 23.

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Polish short track speed skating player Natalia Maliszewska posted on Twitter that her Olympic journey turned into a “horror” story after a positive test on January 30th.

“3 am [on Feb. 5], People separate me from loneliness, “Marijevska wrote. “I was scared that night.”

“I was crying crazy because I didn’t know what was going on. I wasn’t relieved at all,” he said.

Marijevska said she was then dressed and slept, fearing that someone would suddenly take her to her cell.

Skaters have also been excluded from participating in the 500m heat on February 5th. Marijevska said she had to enter and leave the tournament several times because of the inconsistent test results for COVID-19.

“I don’t believe in all those tests right now,” she said.

At a press conference on February 7, Kit McConnell, sports director of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), said the committee will address the problems faced by athletes and Olympic officials from participating countries. He said he made a phone call to understand.

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Members of Team Norway (C) will pass through the Olympic Village after arriving at the Olympic Village prior to the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics in Beijing on February 1, 2022. (Anthony Wallace – Pool / Getty Images)

In addition to the two recent cases, team members from other countries have also expressed dissatisfaction with the quarantine conditions.

German team chief Dirk Schimmelpfennig told reporters on February 5 that cleanliness, food quality and WiFi status all need immediate improvement. Then, the next day, he confirmed that the organizer had acted and improved the condition of the isolated athlete.

Russian biathlon athlete Valeria Basnetsova said on Instagram from one of the hotels that her stomach hurts. “I’m very pale, and there’s a huge black circle around my eyes. I want to finish all this. I cry every day. I’m very tired,” she said.

Swedish journalist Philip Gadd was banished by an ambulance when he arrived in Beijing on Wednesday.

“It was a really scary experience, and it felt just like … it wasn’t real. I felt like I was in a movie, sci-fi movie, etc.” Zoom interview from his quarantine hotel. Said in.

Reuters contributed to this report.

Rita Lee


Rita Lee is a reporter for The Epoch Times, focusing on topics related to China. She started writing her Chinese version in 2018.