RIOTS within the Olympic Village have entered their second day as authorities struggle to meet European athletes’ huge demands for Nutella.
Supplies of the chocolate and hazelnut spread, regarded as a dietary essential in most of mainland Europe, ran dry last week despite an initial stock of 850,000 jars.
An IOC spokesman said: “We knew at least a dozen nations would eat Nutella for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day, but had no idea the Germans use it as a sex lubricant or that the Swedes leave an open jar by the window every night as an offering to forest spirits.
“And it was shocking when Armenia won silver in the wrestling and that strong young man spread Nutella all over his medal right there on the podium and took a big bite.”
Further supplies were urgently requisitioned from Italy’s Nutella mines where the raw material is sourced, but a mine collapse which drowned 16 in sweet paste has exacerbated supply problems.
A London housewife who discovered a spoon-scraped Nutella jar at the back of a kitchen cupboard was able to auction it for £10,700 to the Dutch hockey team who were suffering severe withdrawal symptoms, known as the ‘hazelnut heaves’.
Attempts by Olympics staff to introduce a substitute chocolate spread disguised in Nutella jars, inspired by what frugal cafe owners do with Heinz Ketchup bottles, resulted in stomach cramps, projectile vomiting and ultimately rioting.
British sprinter Tom Logan said: “It’s chaos in here, the Germans are all ‘nut-spotting’ which is a type of visual hallucination where everything looks like a hazelnut.
“The mass media have kept the riots off air but that may change because there’s a Hungarian handball player threatening to self-immolate during today’s final.”