Several Olympic contenders have complained about the food they were served and the conditions they experienced during their quarantine at the 2022 Games in Beijing.
Valeria Vasnetsova, a Russian biathlete, went viral after sharing a photo of one of the meals she received on Instagram. It seems that he was served a variety of meats, a small portion of potatoes and pasta.
Check out Vasnetsova’s post below:
To say the meal looks disreputable is generous.
Additionally, TMZ noted that Vasnetsova claimed to have been given the same meal for “breakfast, lunch, and dinner” for five days.
“I have a stomach ache,” added Vasnetsova. “I’m very pale and have huge dark circles around my eyes. I want this all to end. I cry every day. I’m very tired.”
The athlete said she could only eat pasta and struggled to do much during the days she was in quarantine.
“I only sleep all day because I can’t even get out of bed,” she said, according to USA Today. She went so far as to say that it is “impossible” to eat most of the food she has been served.
Vasnetsova claimed the athletes were given less appetizing and nutritious options than what others were given in quarantine. As she was served unappealing pasta and meats, she said her team doctor was given fruit, salad and shrimp with broccoli, according to The Associated Press.
She is not the only one to voice her complaints.
USA Today reported that Polish speedster Natalia Maliszewska also complained about quarantine conditions in Beijing.
“My heart can’t take it,” the contestant reportedly wrote on Instagram.
She went in and out of quarantine, which caused her to miss the qualifying race for her top event, according to the publication.
“I don’t believe in anything anymore,” Maliszewska wrote. “In no tests. No games. It’s a big joke to me.”
The AP noted that Olympic teams have spoken out against the current situation.
For example, Dirk Schimmelpfennig, the head of the German delegation, called the living situation of the quarantined athletes “unreasonable”. The country demanded bigger rooms and regular food deliveries.
Complaints seem to help in some cases.
Vasnetsova reportedly received a larger meal including salmon, cucumbers, sausages and yogurt. A spokeswoman for the Russian biathlon team added that she was about to receive a bike and was also in better spirits.