Team GB race walker calls Sapporo food 'cold slop' and says facility 'feels like a prison'

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Great Britain's Tom Bosworth during the 20 Kilometres Race Walk Men's Final during day eight of the IAAF World Championships at The Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar.
Great Britain's Tom Bosworth is competing in the 20km race walk in Sapporo on Thursday. (PA)

Team GB race walker Tom Bosworth has described the food being served to Olympic athletes in Sapporo as “cold slop” and said being there “feels like a prison”.

Bosworth, who competes in the 50km race walk, tweeted on Monday to make his feelings known about the way distance Olympians are being treated in the Japanese city, before later deleting the posts.

"Any chance, in our race week, of getting some food?" he wrote. 

"Like real meals? Not that cold garbage, steamed onion or partially cooked noodles? This is the 'highest point in the sport.' Sapporo feels like a prison."

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While most Olympic competitors are based at the Athletes' Village in Tokyo, the race walking and marathon events are being held in 800km north in Sapporo due to its milder climate. 

In another tweet, Bosworth, a Commonwealth Games silver medallist, said the Sapporo facility conditions laid on by organisers were less than satisfactory.

"Welcome to the school cafeteria that a lifetime of hard work gives you," he wrote. 

"Any chance you're a little focused as an athlete? Any chance we can get some fresh air beyond the 900m training lap we have? A cup of coffee wouldn't hurt."

Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, Mark England, Team GB’s chef de mission, admitted he was surprised to hear of the Bosworth's feelings ahead of his medal tilt.

“I’ve just picked that up, I’ll be raising that at the chefs meeting tomorrow,” he said.

“It’s disappointing because actually the food in the Olympic Village and the environment which has been created down in Tokyo is nothing short of outstanding. 

"That is disappointing to hear and I’ll give him a buzz.”

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