[Ed Note: This post was written a few days ago. The situation in question may be resolved at this time.]
Via Reuters, China has banned all nations competing in the Olympics from bringing their own food — insisting instead that they source all nourishment from the totally-not-tainted fields of the empire itself. Obviously the Americans are going to ignore the ban outright, then “liberate” any IOC members that threaten sanctions.
The Australians, on the other hand, are going through official channels. Their beef? Not beef — Vegemite. They have appealed the now-famous “vegemite ban” to the Chinese government, insisting that their athletes need every advantage they can get to come in fourth behind two Americans and a guy from Trinidad and Tobago.
Vegemite, a dark, savory spread made from yeast extract, is not to everyone’s taste but it is a crucial ingredient in most Australians’ kitchens, used widely on toast, in sandwiches, and as a stock for cooking.
Australian Olympic team nutritionist Professor Louise Burke told the Herald Sun newspaper that having such home-grown products is crucial to the athletes’ peace of mind.
“A lot of the food we are taking is not readily available in China. They do not tend to make cereals … or the muesli bars that our athletes love,” Burke said.
I’m no fan of Vegemite, but I have tried running after eating a Lo Mein-based energy bar. It was not a good scene.
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