Team GB’s Tom Bosworth says Sapporo ‘feels like prison’ with ‘cold slop’ for food

The Team GB race walker Tom Bosworth has complained of the “cold slop” being served up to athletes in Sapporo and says the host city for the Tokyo Olympics distance races “feels like a prison”.

Bosworth, who will compete in the 50km race walk on Friday, made his feelings known on Twitter on Monday before deleting the tweets.

“Any chance, in the week of our race, we could get some food?” he wrote. “Like meals? Not cold slop, steamed onions or partly cooked pasta? This is the ‘pinnacle of sport.’ Sapporo feels like a prison.”

In a second tweet he added: “Welcome to the sweaty school dining hall that a lifetime of hard work gets you. Any chance you could be a little athlete focused? Any chance we could have some where to get some fresh air aside from the 900m training lap we have? A cup of coffee wouldn’t go amiss.”

The Olympic marathon and race walking events during Tokyo 2020 have been moved to Sapporo, 800km north of Tokyo, because of worries about heat.

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