Beijing - Chinese internet users have accused the Rio
Olympics of being unsafe and inferior to Beijing's 2008 offering after athletes
said they were robbed and faced broken facilities.
Chinese hurdler Shi Dongpeng told state media that his
personal computer was stolen on arrival in Brazil, posting security camera
images of the alleged thief on his verified social media account.
"Losing money will help me avoid greater
misfortune," he wrote philosophically.
Table tennis star Fan Zhendong showed pictures on the Weibo
social media service of himself and teammate Zhang Jike fixing a broken shower
curtain rail in the Olympic village.
London Olympic medal-winning gymnast Feng Zhe weighed in on
a verified social media account with his own complaint about a clogged toilet
in a training centre.
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Chinese Olympic-goers have been victims of
"frequent" theft in Brazil, China's foreign ministry said last week
in a warning to its citizens abroad to take greater safety precautions.
The warning received widespread coverage in China, which
hosted impressive Games at a massive cost eight years ago, generating much
"The environment of the Rio Olympics is too poor. Play
me more clips of the 2008 Beijing Olympics," one Weibo user said,
expressing a common sentiment.
Chen Ying, of state broadcaster CCTV, wrote on Weibo:
"Started my Rio Adventure! I feel like I'm shooting a Wilderness Survival
instead of reporting the Olympics."
Chinese screenwriter Zhou Yu quipped: "I feel that it's
necessary to send a peacekeeping force so the Olympics can be successfully
China are sending their largest team to an overseas
Olympics, but forecasters predict the 416 athletes will fail to match the
country's greatest medal haul, achieved on home soil.For
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