Australian tennis star Luke Saville shows off the incredible buffet in the dining room at the Tokyo Olympics
Aussie athlete shows off the buffet in the dining room at the Tokyo Olympics with 700 options from around the world – before being mocked for his VERY bland food choices
- Tennis star Luke Saville gives a peek inside the Olympics dining room
- The 27-year-old represented Australia in the men’s singles and doubles in Tokyo
- He shared a video of himself walking through the dining room with 700 menu items
- Saville landed back in his seat with a plate of spaghetti and gyozas
- Many began to make fun of Saville for not choosing Japanese cuisine in Japan
- Read the latest Olympic news in Tokyo, including schedule, medal table and results here
Tennis star Luke Saville has given a peek at the huge buffet in the dining room at the Tokyo Olympics – but many couldn’t help but comment on his decision to serve up a plate of ‘boring’ spaghetti bolognese.
The 27-year-old who represented Australia in men’s singles and doubles shared a video of itself as you stroll through the Olympic Village dining room with chefs offering athletes authentic dishes from around the world, including Japan.
There are 700 menu items, which are divided into Japanese, Asian and Western categories, vegetarian and halal options, as well as the first-ever gluten-free section of the Olympics.
‘So many choices. The food looks so much better than Rio [Olympics 2016]. So many cuisines. Let’s see what’s on our plate,’ he said.
When he got to his table, Saville shared a shot of his tray that consisted of a plate of spaghetti bolognese, gyozas, and curry rice.
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Tennis star Luke Saville has given a peek at the dining room buffet at the Tokyo Olympics – but many couldn’t help but notice his ‘bland’ food choice of spaghetti
The 27-year-old who represented Australia in men’s singles and doubles is engaged to Dasha Gavrilova (left), a Russian-born professional tennis player who was unable to compete in the Tokyo Olympics due to a foot injury.
“Do you have spaghetti with all those choices?” one wrote, while another said, laughing, “They’re in Japan, but they’re getting spaghetti.”
His fiancée Dasha Gavrilova, a professional tennis player who was unable to compete in the Tokyo Olympics due to an injury, responded to the comments about spaghetti, saying, “I know…boys like simple food.”
She added: “I can’t believe they didn’t get sushi… I eat sushi with raw salmon two hours before playing games because that’s my favorite.”
However, many defended his food choices, with some suggesting that athletes have “strict diets” so they tend to load up on “carbs” before competing.
“I’m not saying that Japanese food will make you sick, but athletes who follow highly regulated diets to perform tend to stick to safe foods,” one woman suggested.
Many said they saw nothing “wrong” with eating spaghetti.
‘I’ve seen Italians eat Japanese and Japanese eat pizza. It didn’t surprise me,” one wrote, while another said: “Countries from all over the world are coming to visit, you might as well eat something you’re used to before entering.”
Saville shared a video of him taking a walk through the dining room of the Olympic Village with chefs offering athletes an authentic taste of Japan. Pictured to the right of one of his teammates’ meal – which includes pasta and dumplings
There are 700 menu items, which are divided into Japanese, Asian and Western categories, vegetarian and halal options, as well as the first-ever gluten-free portion of the Olympics
Food & Wine reported that authentic Japanese cuisines such as ramen, udon noodles, wagyu beef, tempura vegetables, and seafood are available to athletes in the dining room — but the raw sashimi is not.
Olympic Games safety rules allow sushi rolls to contain only fully cooked ingredients, canned tuna, or vegetarian options such as cucumber and pickled plums.
Saville’s video was shared via his fiancée Gavrilova’s TikTok account. The Russian-born tennis star, who now lives in Melbourne, shares videos of “behind the scenes” of the Olympics on behalf of Saville.
Earlier this year, Gavrilova underwent major surgery after sustaining a chronic foot injury, which lifted her from number 20 in the world to her current position of 315th in the rankings.