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Gondolas pass the Olympic Village for the 2022 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022, in Beijing’s Yanqing district. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

BEIJING (AP) — Olympic organizers say they are addressing complaints about the isolation conditions of athletes who test positive for the coronavirus and are working to ensure they have clean rooms, better food and access to training equipment and the Internet.

“That’s exactly the kind of stuff we need to sort out. It’s a duty. It is a responsibility. We have to make sure expectations are met,” said Christophe Dubi, the International Olympic Committee’s executive director for the games.

Dubi said Sunday that organizers will work to ensure “everything is perfect” for the athletes awaiting release. Han Zirong of the Beijing Organizing Committee also noted that athletes who test positive will now be able to order food from the Olympic Village and have it delivered to their isolation rooms.

As part of China’s efforts to prevent the spread of the virus during the Games, everyone in the so-called Olympic bubble must take daily PCR tests. Those who are confirmed positive go to an isolation center until they are released, either by tests showing they are negative or by examination by a panel of medical experts.

Dubi’s comments came after complaints about hotels where athletes have to self-isolate. The German delegation called the situation “unreasonable” and said rooms should be bigger and cleaner after three-time Nordic combined gold medalist Eric Frenzel tested positive.

Russian biathlete Valeria Vasnetsova said she couldn’t digest most of the food she received and survived mostly on a few bits of pasta. Shortly after the Instagram post, a rep for the team posted a photo showing what he said were upgraded foods, including salmon, cucumbers, sausages and yogurt.

So far, organizers say 363 people inside the Olympic bubble have tested positive for COVID-19. In addition to athletes, this figure includes media and team officials.


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