Leander Paes Faced Difficulties in Rio Olympic VillageAugust 05, 2016 18:05
Famous Tennis star of India Leander Paes has not been assigned room in the games village of Rio Olympics, according to the reports. Paes, who has represented India in Olympics said that he was disappointed while speaking to a leading daily newspaper of the country.
Paes who arrived at games village on Thursday evening had to change in the chef De Mission Rakesh Gupta’s room.
“I am slightly disappointed that having played six Olympics for India, I haven't been given a place to stay. I was playing a tournament in New York and took the first flight on its completion. The match got over at 8 and took a 10.45 flight to Rio,” said Paes. The three rooms which were assigned, one is with coach Zeeshan Ali, one is with other Tennis star Rohan Bopanna and the third is with team physio.
Earlier there were reports that Paes had declined to share the room with Rohan Boppana due to the rift between the two. Coach Zeeshan Ali, on this matter, clarified, “There have been speculations that Leander has complained that he doesn't want to share a room with Rohan (Bopanna), but there's no truth to it. I and the organisers were aware that he was to reach Rio on Thursday (August 4). Sure he will be low on time for the match on August 6, but he practiced on arriving will be ready for the match.” Leander Paes, earlier, agreed to travel with the team on August 1 to Rio but instead he was paying in New York in World Team Tennis Tournament.
Recently reports emerged that Indian Hockey Team, too faced some difficulties in the games village as there was shortage of chairs and TV screens. Coach Reolant Oltmans had complained that the players’ apartments are not properly furnished. The teams of Australia as well as others, too, were disappointed on unfurnished rooms. And the Australian team even had to be evacuated as the fire was erupted in the basement.
By Prajakt K.