In a bid to be at an ultimate level of preparedness for the ultimate athletic challenge, Japanese Olympic athletes are attending a very special boot camp wherein they are required to (overproduced drumroll here, please) … eat Chinese food.

That’s right: Reuters reports that they have to eat Chinese food in order to get ready for competing in China.

Japan’s National Training Centre will offer basic Chinese dishes such as noodles, cold spring rolls and fried catfish once a week in a dry run for the August 8-24 Games.

None of the Chinese food on offer will be diluted for Japanese taste buds, chefs even being ordered to make Japan’s staple miso soup without traditional stock, local media reported on Thursday.

The horror, the horror …

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