More Problems with China’s Olympics

I can’t say my greatest concerns with having the 2008 summer Olympics in Beijing are with the athletes who will compete there, but this is just gross.

When a caterer working for the United States Olympic Committee went to a supermarket in China last year, he encountered a piece of chicken — half of a breast — that measured 14 inches. “Enough to feed a family of eight,” said Frank Puleo, a caterer from Staten Island who has traveled to China to handle food-related issues.

“We had it tested and it was so full of steroids that we never could have given it to athletes. They all would have tested positive.”

As a result the USOC will import over 25,000 pounds of protein-heavy foods into China to feed American athletes during the Olympics.

So, to recap, thanks to Beijing’s horrendous air pollution, athletes will hardly be able to breathe and thanks to steroid-laden, insecticide-heavy food, athletes won’t be able to eat local food. Is there any upside, anywhere in the IOC’s decision to send the Olympics to China? Not that I see…

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