The conditions at the Beijing Olympics are almost unbearable. Reports of strict measures, testing and isolation being done has caused some, such as Polish speed skater Natalia Maliszewska to turn to social media and expose their anxiety.
“I’ve been living in fear for over a week . These mood swings, the crying that makes me breathless.” She told Reuters in an interview that she cried “like crazy” in the back of an ambulance after a 3 a.m. knock on the door of her isolation hotel room because she did not know what was happening” reports NBC News.
Belgian skeleton racer Kim Meylemans posted a video crying over facing seven days of isolation away from the Olympic Village. The Finland men’s ice hockey team accused China of not respecting human rights for one of his players Marko Antila who was not getting good food’ and was under tremendous mental stress.
Over 150 athletes and team officials have tested positive since Jan 23, making the game more about strict isolation policy than athletic performance. NBC News reports of the conditions:
Competitors are living and competing inside an Olympic bubble, or “closed loop,” and have to take Covid tests daily. If they test positive, they are taken either to an isolation facility or a hospital, depending on the severity of their symptoms, until they are discharged either through negative tests or the sign-off of a panel of medical experts.
U.S. figure skater and medal hopeful Vincent Zhou was among the latest athletes to test positive for Covid, and he was forced to withdraw from the individual event starting Tuesday.
“I have been doing everything in my power to stay free of Covid,” he said in a tearful video posted on Instagram on Monday. “I’ve isolated myself so much that the loneliness I’ve felt in the last month or two has been crushing at times.”
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VIDEO: Chinese military plane comes ‘dangerously’ close to U.S. aircraft over South China Sea
The United States Army recorded and released unnerving video of a close encounter with a Chinese jet over the South China Sea. The Chinese military plane came “dangerously” close to the U.S. military aircraft in the international airspace last week, the U.S. military announced on Thursday.
US, Chinese jets in close encounter over South China Sea pic.twitter.com/X8fbV84neF
— PressTV Extra (@PresstvExtra) December 29, 2022
The Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM), the command responsible for overseeing U.S. operations in the area, said in a statement that the encounter occurred on December 21, during which a Chinese Navy J-11 fighter jet flew within 10 feet (3 meters) of a U.S. Air Force RC-135, a reconnaissance plane with about 30 people on board.
According to a U.S. military spokesperson, the Chinese jet came within 10 feet of the airplane’s wing, but 20 feet from its nose, causing the U.S. aircraft to take evasive maneuvers to avoid a collision.
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