Olympic athletes blow up at a quarantine hotel in Beijing

Winter Olympic athletes who test positive for COVID-19 have plenty of Beijing quarantine hotels.

“I have a stomachache, it’s very pale, and there’s a big black circle around my eyes. I want to finish all this. I cry every day. I’m very tired,” said a Russian biathlon player. Valeria Basnetsova said on Instagram from one of the hotels.

The photo she posted on February 3 showed plain pasta, orange sauce, burnt meat with bones, a few potatoes, and a tray without greens. She said it was her “five days of breakfast, lunch and supper.”

Vasnetsova said he was hungry because eating much of the food was “impossible” and he survived after eating pasta several times.

“I was so hungry today that I ate all the fat instead of meat,” she said, adding that she lost too much weight and “the bones are already sticking out.”

Russian athlete Vasnetsova also believed that the fares of other athletes were falling. She shared a photo of the food provided to the team doctor who lives downstairs. The meal consisted of shrimp with fresh fruits, salad and broccoli.

“I don’t know to be honest, but why do we as athletes have this attitude ?!” she said.

Vasnetsova wasn’t the only one complaining. The Beijing Olympics quarantine hotel has been criticized for its unpleasant food, its rarity, and hygiene and other issues.

Since January 23, when it arrived in the Chinese capital, more than 350 Olympic participants have been positive. To get out of quarantine, athletes are asymptomatic and must present two negative tests at 24-hour intervals.

When Nordic combined skier Eric Frenzel, who won three Olympic gold medals, headed to the isolation room after a positive test on Friday, his team soon realized that the condition was “unacceptable.”

Cleanliness, food quality and WiFi status all need immediate improvement, German team chief Dirk Schimmelpfennig told reporters the next day. He added that the team is in “intensive consultations” with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Beijing Olympics organizers.

Beijing Capital International Airport prior to the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics
People wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) designed to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) will be held in Beijing, China on January 31, 2022 during the 2022 Beijing Winter Games. Prior to the Olympics, we will stand in Beijing Capital International Airport. Phil Noble / Reuters)

“Hotel rooms are unacceptable and we need to find a way to change this,” said Simmelpfennig of the Olympic Village in Zhangjiakou City, Hebei Province.

“These hotels haven’t been presented in advance and athletes are naturally looking for improvements,” says Schimmelpfennig.

Public attention works in favor of athletes. After a tearful social media video that Belgian skeleton star Kim Meylemans was transferred to a second quarantine site when he thought he was released, the IOC intervened and opened a room for independence in the Beijing Olympic village. Given.

Belgian skeleton athlete Kim Mailmans was filmed on the departure of Team Belgian athletes to the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics at the Brussels Airport in Zaventem on January 29, 2022. (LaurieDieffembacq / Belga Mag / AFP via Getty Images)

Meylemans said on Thursday that she felt “safe” after returning to the village. “It’s like a video, especially my Olympic Commission efforts seem to have really paid off,” she said in an Instagram video.

According to Sergei Avelianov, a spokesman for her team, Vasnetsova’s diet has also improved.

Two days after the complaint, Averyanov posted a photo showing Vasnetsova’s salmon, cucumbers, sausages and yogurt.

Vasnetsova “already smiles and that’s the main thing,” he wrote in a social media post.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



Eva Fu is a New York-based writer of The Epoch Times, focusing on Sino-US relations, religious freedom, and human rights. Contact Eva at [email protected]