‘Star job’: American skier claims his Twitter account has been suspended after praising the Covid rules at the Winter Olympics, Sports News
‘Star job’: American skier claims his Twitter account has been suspended after praising the Covid rules at the Winter Olympics, Sports News

‘Star job’: American skier claims his Twitter account has been suspended after praising the Covid rules at the Winter Olympics, Sports News

U.S. skier Aaron Blunck claimed his Twitter account was suspended after he said China had done a “star job with the entire COVID protocol” during the Winter Olympics in Beijing.

“I did not really know what to expect since being a state, one has somehow heard some pretty bad media, and that’s completely false – it’s actually been phenomenal,” Blunck, 25, told reporters.

China has set strict COVID-19 rules for athletes with lockdown rules, with several athletes complaining about it. The athletes have also complained about the condition of quarantine hotels.

However, the American Olympic skier disagreed with other athletes, saying: “Everyone – from staff, to Covid testers, to accommodation – it’s probably, frankly, one of the better Olympics we’ve been to.”

Blunck took to Instagram to protest the alleged suspension from Twitter. Chinese media were quick to throw themselves over the praise garnered by Blunck when they used his remark to publish his COVID-19 rule.

The Blunck comment was also taken up by Chinese users who began cracking down on the United States.

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China has been struggling with an increase in coronavirus cases since September last year. Authorities had previously cordoned off several areas, including cities, in an attempt to curb the virus.

The United States, Canada and other Western nations had announced a diplomatic boycott of the Winter Olympics, calling it a “genocide game” because of China’s alleged abuse of human rights abuses in Xinjiang.

(With input from agencies)


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