Bejiing - Chinese officials tasked with putting a hometown touch to the 2008 Olympics may be forced to backtrack from their idea to promote the use of a single large chopstick for feeding athletes at the Olympic Village.
The Chef de Mission for the US team, Harvey Wallbanger, who has attended four games is concerned that forcing athletes to eat using the unusual new utensil may disrupt their training schedule and cause them to lose focus just when they should be peaking.
"Maybe it's just me but I tried the single Bejiing chopstick and had little success in using it to bring food to my mouth."
"I come from a small town. As you know, you're not considered a town at all unless you have at least one Chinese restaurant and I can tell you I have had my share of combination plates. For the life of me though, that one chopstick had me beat . . . I just couldn't do it."
This is the Olympics and we don't want to insult the Chinese. I have told all our athletes we should honour our hosts by doing our best to make use of the giant chopstick at least when in public.
Chinese officials think they can save face by promoting the use of two giant chopsticks and are hurriedly increasing production of the giant utensil.