Just a day after landing in Rio, the Indian hockey team have run into roadblocks. Well, it’s a pity that while other players are giving final touches to their preparation to compete at the Olympics, their Indian counterparts are fighting for basic commodities like tables, chairs, and televisions. The pathetic condition left India’s head coach Roelant Oltmans and he wrote immediately too Rakesh Gupta, the chef de mission of the Indian contingent in Rio.
In the letter, Roelant complaint that “the apartments of the Rio Olympics are not furnished properly”. Oltmans revealed that in the apartment for six persons only two chairs are available.
In a mail written to officials on August 1, Oltmans wrote: “Thank you very much to offer your TV to our team to be able to watch the Hockey matches during the Olympic Games. As we discussed I’ve tried to rent more TV’s but unfortunately, they are sold out in the Village. I would like to get permission to purchase 3 TV’s to be able to follow the Hockey Competition in both the Staff Rooms and at least in one of the male and Female Apartments.”
“I also tried to rent more Chairs but at this moment there are no Chairs available in the Village,” wrote Oltmans. “Tuesday morning here might be a little chance but most likely there will be no Chairs. We’re pleased you’ve given us some Chairs but in the end, we need proper furniture for all the Players. Spending too much time in bean-chairs might occur back-injuries for the Player .”
Hockey India president Narinder Batra was also fuming at these unfortunate turn of events and took to social media to bring the issue to the notice of Gupta and posted photos of Indian team facing a lack of basic facilities at the Games Village.
In the pictures shared by Batra, the players can be seen lying on the bean bags and the apartments are empty with no basic furniture. Batra, in his post, asked Gupta “have you all gone for a paid holiday to Rio.”
“Dear Mr. President IOA and Chef De Mission Indian contingent… have you all and IOA Staff who have gone to Rio, are on some kind of a Paid Holiday? ,” he wrote in his post.
In a video shared by Mr. Batra, the pathetic conditions of the room can be seen where apart from 2 Chairs and the 4 Bean-Seaters, nothing can be seen.