Rio de Janeiro: With little over a week left for the beginning of Rio Olympics, the Indian athletes have started arriving in batches here for the sporting extravaganza. Most of the disciplines have begun sending their teams in batches and others are expected over the next few days.
At the dining hall during breakfast today, Chef de Mission of the Indian contingent, Rakesh Gupta had a short and pleasant meeting with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach, who was there to see the Olympic Village. While meeting Gupta, the IOC President inquired about the preparation of the Indian athletes.
“How is the Indian team shaping up? I am expecting some good performances. It is nice to see Indian athletes among the early arrivals. I wish them all the best for the Games,” Bach said.
Earlier, the IOC chief attended the morning meeting of all Chef de Missions and was given a report of all the preparations on the eve of the Games. Speaking about the accomodation facility and food at the Village, Gupta said: “There are lots of vegetarian dishes and more are expected to be added in the next few days, as the number of athletes arriving increases. The rooms are alright but some last minute work is still going on and is expected to be fine over the next couple of days.”
“The Indian team has been housed next to hosts Brazil at the Village, which overlooks a lovely mountain. The common facilities are excellent with a swimming pool right next to our building. The Olympic Plaza and the Gym are close enough.
The athletes have just arrived and will have enough time to acclimatise themselves and get ready for the main competition,” he added. The early arrivals have begun settling down into the spanking new Olympic Village, which is still getting finishing touches.