2020 Tokyo Olympics: Olympian Slams Games Over Being Served ‘Cold Slop’ in Athletes Village

by Samantha Whidden

Speaking about his experience at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Team Great Britain’s Tom Bosworth is calling out this year’s Games organizers for the “cold slop” that athletes are eating in the Olympic Village. 

According to the Guardian, after competing at the 50km race walk on Friday, Bosworth took to his Twitter account to share the living conditions at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. “Any chance, in the week of our race, We could get some food?” Bosworth tweets. “Like meals? Not cold slop.” The 2020 Tokyo Olympics participant also says he recommends steamed onions or partly cooked paste. “This is the ‘pinnacle of sport.’ Sapporo feels like a prison.”

In a second tweet, Bosworth doesn’t hold back about his thoughts on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics’ Village. “Welcome to the sweaty school dining hall that is a lifetime hard work gets you. Any chance you could be a little athlete-focused?” Bosworth asked. He then asks if there’s any chance that the athletes could have a place to get fresh air aside from the 900m training lap they have. “A cup of coffee wouldn’t go amiss.”

Bosworth has since deleted the tweets. The Team Britain athlete qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after coming in second place at the 2021 British Athletics Marathon and 20km Walk Trial. He also was selected to carry the Olympic Torch through Potternewton, Leeds. 

2020 Tokyo Olympics Village Raises Some Eyebrows With Cardboard Beds 

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics Village raised a few eyebrows at the beginning of the Games when athletes shared photos of their living conditions. The athletes are sleeping on cardboard beds. Team USA’s Paul Chelimo showed off the beds in a post on his Twitter account prior to the beginning of the Games. 

“Beds to be installed in [2020] Tokyo Olympics Village will be made of cardboard,” Chelimo tweets. He also notes that the goal of the cardboard beds is to avoid intimacy among the athletes. 

“Beds will be used to withstand the weight of a single person to avoid situations beyond sports. I see no problem for distance runners, even 4 of us can do.”

Takashi Kitajima, the general manager of the Olympic Village, also claims while chatting with AP that the beds were “stronger than wooden beds.” Kitajima also states, “Of course, wood and cardboard would each break if you jumped on them.”

It has also been reported that the beds were not implemented to avoid intimacy among the 2020 Tokyo Olympics participants. Organizers explain that it was to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the Village. Each of the beds is also able to withstand 200 kilograms (440lbs).

The Village was also built alongside Tokyo Bay and notably consists of 18,000 beds for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics athletes. The beds will be used for the Paralympic Games, which will take place starting on August 25th.