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China’s major Winter Olympics ‘failed miserably’ as photos show the barren venue, disgusting food and no crowds

The Winter Olympics are meant to showcase China’s achievements but for some they are just a “disastrous failure”.

Sobbing athletes being forced to eat disgusting food, draconian Covid restrictions and events held in front of empty stadiums have set a backdrop for the repression of any dissidents. which.

The place where skiers compete in front of empty seats in the shadow of disused steel structures

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The place where skiers compete in front of empty seats in the shadow of disused steel structures
One of the competitors posted a picture of the food she was forced to eat

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One of the competitors posted a picture of the food she was forced to eat

Before the match, President Xi Jinping promised that “China is ready” and will deliver a “safe and wonderful match”.

But even before the first event began, many countries, including the UK and the US, announced a boycott of the diplomatic game to protest China’s human rights abuses.

Adversaries have been coldly warned of the need for “responsibility” when discussing China – shorthand for keeping quiet about the country’s treatment of the Uigher population, which is banned by the United Nations. considered genocide.

According to human rights campaigner Luke de Pulford, who coordinates the Parliamentary Coalition on China, the game is a “disastrous failure”.

“It’s hard to overstate how bad the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics have been,” said Mr wrote in the Telegraph.

“In fact, it’s so bad that the hashtag ‘OlympicFlop’ is turning a profit for ‘GenocideGames’. This is not a PR stunt that China wants.

“Suffice it to say, this is not the propaganda victory Beijing had hoped for.”

Before the game even kicked off, China had the world’s harshest Covid lockdown, seen by many as a face-saving move to ensure the game gets ahead.

That meant no foreign audiences and tickets not being sold to the public resulting in horribly empty venues.

Local groups of spectators are “invited” to events and will have to adhere to strict Covid containment measures “before, during and after watching the Olympics”.

Pictures show barren stadiums with no spectators aside from quirky locals.

A striking image shows the freestyle skiing event taking place in front of empty seats at an unused steel mill.

The Big Air Shougang venue, far from the best of China, was dubbed “hell” by stunned social media users.

The game’s other existential memory is the fate of competitors being placed in quarantine, leaving some of them in tears as they endure the miserable conditions.

Russian Valeria Vasnetsova posted a photo of the same inedible meal where she was served the same inedible meal three times a day for five consecutive days.

The meal consisted of several lumps of pasta, an odd-looking sauce, half a dozen potatoes and pieces of meat on the bones along with what appeared to be chicken.

Vasnetsova, a tired triathlete, complains the food “makes her so thin that” her bones [were] protrude”.

An athlete posted a photo of flooding in the athletes' village

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An athlete posted a photo of flooding in the athletes’ villageCredit: Unknown, clear with picture desk
Officials in PPE Respond to Floods

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Officials in PPE Respond to FloodsCredit: Unknown, clear with picture desk
Only selected spectators are allowed to attend

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Only selected spectators are allowed to attendCredit: Getty
Officials and a giant panda watching an event with empty seats behind

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Officials and a giant panda watching an event with empty seats behindCredit: Getty

She said: ‘My stomach hurts, I’m pale and I have huge dark circles around my eyes.

“I want all of this to end. I cry every day. I’m very tired.”

The people who live on the athletes village also have to deal with the floods

According to an Instagram video posted by cross-country skier Katri Lylynpera on Instagram.

The Finnish rival begged for “help” and described the leak as a “waterfall”.

Her photos also show workers wearing hazmat jackets trying to fix the problem, with officials asking her to remove them.

Meanwhile, Polish speed skater Natalia Maliszewska described being repeatedly transferred to and from the quarantine on consecutive days due to conflicting Covid test results.

“I am in the ambulance. It was 3am and I was crying like crazy because I didn’t know what was going on. I don’t feel safe at all,” she said.

“I cried until there were no more tears. I want explanations from people who make me feel unsafe, because now no one is saying anything. They were silent. ”

All of this is built on a background of intolerance to Chinese criticism.

In mid-January, Beijing-based human rights activist Hu Jia said Chinese state security officials were convening activists around the country to ask them to remain silent during the battles. fight.

Ashok Swain, a professor of peace and conflict studies at Sweden’s Uppsala University, said China wanted “to show that it can host the Olympics when the world is going through a pandemic of the century”.

“Although that mission was somewhat successful, the empty venues and poor organization of the prestigious event have severely damaged China’s image,” he said.

“Moreover, the Olympics also allow human rights activists to highlight human rights abuses in China.

“The diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics by the US, UK and some other allies is not a good PR move for China.”

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