Team GB medal hopeful condemns Tokyo 2020 conditions and compares it to ‘prison’

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Long-distance walker Tom Bosworth has berated the conditions of the Sapporo athletes’ village in a set of explosive tweets. Bosworth posted three tweets with videos about the living conditions, even referring to the facilities as a “prison”.

In what are the first major complaints about Tokyo 2020 from a Team GB representative, the 20km race walker took aim in particular at the food and lack of freedom at the satellite village which is 500 miles north of Tokyo.

Bosworth, who won silver at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, was quick to delete the tweets after they began to see high levels of interaction on social media, but the outburst is still likely to attract the attention and investigation of Tokyo 2020 organisers.

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The incendiary tweets from the Sevenoaks-born athlete read: “Hey @iocmedia you know the millions of $ you make off the Olympics. Any chance, in the week of our race we could get some food? Like meals?

“Not cold slop, steamed onions or partly-cooked pasta? This is the ‘pinnacle of sport.’ Sapporo feels like a [email protected] @TeamGB.”

Bosworth went on to post a picture of the dining hall prepared for competitors. He added: “Welcome to the sweaty school dining hall that a lifetime of hard work gets you.

“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.”

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Sapporo is being used as a venue as a result of the brutal weather conditions in Tokyo itself which prompted complaints from other athletes. Most notably, tennis star Daniil Medvedev asked last Wednesday “if I die, is the ITF (International Tennis Federation) going to take responsibility?.”

Another tennis player Paula Badosa was forced to retire and leave the court in a wheelchair after being struck down by heatstroke in her quarter final.

Sapporo’s more northern location allows for a cooler climate which should be considerably more suitable for endurance events such as the race walk.

British Olympic Association officials are said to be investigating the comments made by Bosworth.

Bosworth is not the first person to complain about the environment at Tokyo 2020. In particular, the quarantine setup has been a source of controversy. Dutch skateboarder Candy Jacobs and the German independent elite athlete’s group Athletes Deutschland have previously complained. Jacobs even went so far as to call the situation “inhumane”.

Athleten Deutschland’s representative for international sport policy Maximilian Klein complained about the lack of parity between athletes and IOC officials, saying it is “grotesque that athletes who test positive have to spend their quarantine in prison like conditions, while IOC members stay in expensive luxury hotels and are provided high daily allowances.”

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