No More Squatting at Beijing Toilets

BEIJING -- Beijing organizers are refitting the toilets at three main Olympic venues after complaints from foreign athletes about having to squat.

Most toilets in China are still of the squat rather than sit-down variety.

"In my personal point of view, there are cultural differences between Chinese and Western people. Chinese are more used to squat toilets," said Yao Hui, a senior official responsible for the management of Olympic venues. "Toilet alteration projects at the Bird's Nest [National Stadium], the Water Cube and National Indoor Stadium are ongoing, and if technical conditions permit, all the toilets in these stadiums will be changed."

A similar project will be expanded to more of the 31 venues in the city, he added. "We will change the toilets in as many as we can, especially those for the key clients, athletes, Olympic family members and the media," he said.

Beijing has 5,200 public toilets, the Beijing Evening Post reported earlier this month, more than any city in the world.