The homeland of souvenirs – and pandas – has failed to produce enough gadget with the symbol of the winter olympics of Beijing 2022. Bing Dwen Dwenthe panda on ice skates that the Chinese government has chosen as the official mascot of the games, is practically unobtainable on the domestic market.
Zhao Weidong, committee spokesperson organizer of the Olympics, officially admitted it: with the public banned from the stands due to the anti-covid restrictions (only a few spectators by invitation can access the races), a souvenir of Bing Dwen Dwen has become an object of desire.
And so, perhaps to fill the frustration of not being able to see the races in person, demand exceeds supply and the national media speak of long queues at one of the main shops of souvenirs of the capital.
According to Zhao Weidong, supply problems are also due to lunar new year holiday, which coincide with the Olympics: “Due to the spring festival we are still in a holiday period. Many of the factory workers are spending their holidays at home, so the supply of licensed products has been affected,” the spokesman stressed. of the Olympic committee. “We are doing everything we can to coordinate the production and supply of Bing Dwen Dwen,” he added.
In the meantime, come on social media complaints from Chinese users explode: only one hashtag asking ‘one Dwen per family’ generated in one day 210 million views on the Weibo social media platform.