Cold slop, steamed onions, and partly-cooked pasta: fuel to run the world’s best athletes' engines. At least Olympic organizers seem to think so.
Great Britain racewalker Tom Bosworth equated it to being behind bars.
The 31-year-old relentlessly ripped the IOC to shreds on social media over the food quality at the Olympic Village in Sapporo, Japan, where several long-distance events are taking place.
“Hey @iocmedia, you know the millions of (money bag emoji) you make off the Olympics. Any chance in the week of our race we could get some food? Like meals?” he wrote in a since-deleted Twitter post.
“Sapporo feels like a prison.”
He did not hold back, and the tirade did not stop there. Bosworth later called out where he had to eat the pathetic food.
“Welcome to the sweaty school dining hall that a lifetime of hard work gets you,” he wrote in another deleted post. “@iocmedia any chance you could be a little athlete focused? Any chance we could have somewhere to get some fresh air aside from the 900m training lap we have? A cup of coffee wouldn't go amiss.”
No coffee either? Sheesh, maybe this is prison.
Bosworth enters the 2020 Games with a chance to medal in the 20-kilometre walk, which was supposed to take place in Tokyo before heat concerns moved the event 800 kilometres north. Now he’s stuck serving time in Sapporo.
But the good news is it sounds like he could be nearing his release.
“I’ve just picked that up, I’ll be raising that at the chefs meeting,” Great Britain’s chef de mission Mark England said to BBC Radio 5 Live of the poor food quality in Sapporo. “It’s disappointing because actually the food in the Olympic Village and the environment which has been created down in Tokyo is nothing short of outstanding.”
Bosworth came sixth in the 20-kilometre event at Rio 2016 and qualified for Tokyo by finishing second at the British trials. He has 13 British championships and a silver medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games to his name.
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