Only bean bags in Indian Hockey players’ rooms at Olympic Village

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Rio de Janeiro, Aug 2: The Indian hockey teams at the Olympics are facing lack of basic facilities at the Games Village. There are only bean bags in the rooms where Indian hockey players' have been accommodated.

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Hockey India president Narinder Batra took to social media to raise the issue to bring it to the notice of India's Chef de Mission Rakesh Gupta and posted photos of Indian team facing lack of basic facilities at the Games Village.

Only bean bags in Indian Hockey players’ rooms at Olympic Village

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He also alleged that "you do not believe in acknowledging or replying to mails from Hockey India."

In the pictures shared by Batra, the players can been 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."

A day before Indian men's Hockey team's chief coach Roelant Oltmans wrote to India's Chef de Mission that players' apartments are not properly furnished and there is a shortage of chairs and Television sets in their rooms.

Oltmans complained about unfurnished accommodation provided to both the men's and women's hockey teams.

"The apartments of the Rio Olympics are not furnished properly," Oltmans, who is also the High Performance Director of Indian hockey, wrote in his letter.

"For athletes who have to perform at top-level during a longer period of the Olympics we need proper chairs and tables in the apartments for 6 persons. Actually there are only 2 chairs in each apartment.

"For men and women we are using 9 apartments so there is a lack of 28 proper chairs and for 7 Apartments we need at least one table as well. In the staff apartments we've managed to bring in some tables," he said.

"During the Olympics we would like to give our players the possibility to watch the matches of our competitors live on TV. This will help the players to prepare themselves for the upcoming matches against these opponents."


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