Chinese authorities ordered a Finnish athlete who competed in the Winter Olympics to take photos of the flooded hotel.
Katri Lilinpera, 28, shared a video of the Finland team’s hotel in Beijing flooding last Wednesday.
The footage shows entire hallways flooded with water after it spilled through lighting fixtures, another awkward moment for such a maligned event.
Anecdotal footage shared by Ms Lilinpera shows floods coming out of her hotel’s front doors, as desperate employees try to dry the stairs outside with hand towels and salt.
But when the skier shared footage of the flooding online, she was ordered to remove them immediately, according to social media posts.
It comes after China warned athletes at the Games that they would be “punished” if they held any form of protest against Beijing.
A chilling warning shot was fired by Yang Shu, deputy general manager of the Beijing 2022 International Relations Department, who was asked to comment on competitors’ concerns about rights issues.
Athletes have been in tears in recent days after being forced to self-isolate in quarantine hotels where the quality of the food has caused some to lose weight and be out of shape by the time they could compete.
Katri Lilinpera, 28, shared a video of her room where the Finnish athletes were staying, which was flooded last Wednesday. In the first video, Ms. Lilinpera showed how flowing water flows from the ceiling in the corridors of the hotel.
The skier (pictured) claims she was ordered by Chinese authorities to take photographs.
In her first video, Ms. Lilinpera showed a trickle of water pouring from the ceiling in the corridors of the hotel.
Torrents of water covered the entire floor, even infiltrating her room as another person in the hotel dived for cover in the background.
In the video caption, she wrote one word: “Help!”
In another clip showing the flood beyond the front of the hotel, the building’s front doors can be seen bulging outwards due to the overflow.
She wrote: “A beautiful waterfall extends to the very edge. Now the water is off and the flood is almost over.
In another clip showing the flood beyond the front of the hotel, the building’s front doors can be seen bulging outwards due to the overflow. Right: Desperate employees try to wipe the outside of the stairs with hand towels.
Katri Lilinpera competes in the qualifying 1.5 km skating race during the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics at the National Cross-Country Center February 8.
Leaked WhatsApp messages posted on Reddit show Chinese authorities are discussing how to silence the Finnish Olympian after the flood.
One said, “The Chinese side asked them to delete the posts.”
The Finnish Olympic Committee has been contacted for comment.
This comes after a slew of other issues at the Beijing Olympics that have been overshadowed by China’s Zero Covid strategy, accusations by the communist regime of being responsible for the genocide of the Uyghur people and its facilities in a snow-free region of China.
Last week, dozens of athletes thrown into isolation from the virus spoke of their anguish, describing themselves as “crying like crazy” after being dragged out of bed at 3 a.m. before being fed miserable meals in rooms too small for exercise. .
Beijing is trying to host a virus-free event in the midst of a pandemic, cutting off participants and their teams in a bubble where tests must be taken every day and anyone who tests positive is dragged into isolation.
But conditions in lockdown are reportedly dire. Valeria Vasnetsova, a Russian biathlete, claims she was given the same inedible food three times a day for five consecutive days and became so emaciated that her bones [were] sticks out’.
The head of the German team, Dirk Schimmelpfennig, also criticized the “unacceptable” conditions for his athletes, saying that the isolation rooms are too small, not hygienic enough, the food is bad, and the PCR tests that athletes must pass in order to be released are not carried out.
Valeria Vasnetsova, a Russian biathlete, uploaded a recently deleted Instagram post showing food she claims Chinese Olympic officials gave her three meals a day for three consecutive days during Covid lockdown.
Germany’s national team boss said conditions in isolation hotels were “unacceptable”, complaining about a lack of exercise equipment, insufficient Covid tests and unsanitary conditions (German athlete Erik Frenzel is pictured in isolation after testing positive)
Kim Meilemans, a Belgian skeleton athlete, has been released from isolation after uploading a tearful post from inside.
Natalia Maliszewska, a Polish speed skater, revealed she was repeatedly quarantined in and out of quarantine over several days due to conflicting Covid test results, an experience she called an “injury” that left her “crying and crying” .
During one “night of horrors,” she said, officials dragged her out of bed at 3 a.m. to take her back to the sports village after ruling her Covid-free – only to later say they had committed mistake before sending her back to solitary confinement.
“I was in the ambulance. It was 3 am. I cried like crazy because I didn’t know what was going on. I didn’t feel safe at all,” the 26-year-old said.