No Indian food for athletes at Youth Olympics, chef de mission promises solution

first_imgThe Indian athletes participating in the Youth Olympics are missing their Indian food in Buenos Aires, Argentina and have taken up the matter with the chef de mission Gurudutta Bhakta.Bhakta has received complaints from athletes about the unavailability of Indian food and the chef de mission has promptly said that the food-related issues being faced by the athletes will be sorted out soon.There were also reports stating that one of the athletes in Buenos Aires even fainted due to the non-availability of food. However, Bhakta had denied any such event.Bhakta has said that the cuisine issue has been spoken about with the organisers and the Indian food will soon be available for the athletes.”There were complaints by athletes regarding the food here because only Asian food is available and there is no Indian food. We spoke to the organisers and now they have assured us that they will arrange Indian food, as well,” Bhakta told ANI.Issues related to food had also come up during the Asian Games 2018 in Indonesia in August. Ahead of the Asian Games 2018, there were reports in the media that Indian athletes were not happy with their rooms and had complained about the food.However, two days before the start of the multi-sport event, India’s chef de mission Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh said that athletes were happy with the arrange and they were especially delighted with the food because it was very similar to Indian food.”No, no complaints. No one has any. We are getting such good food, there is Dal (lentil), then there is South Indian food, there is paneer (cottage cheese), chicken. Everything is there. Well, if one gets good food and a place to sleep, what else do you need? So it’s all good,” Singh had said.advertisementHowever, during the course of the tournament, Indian table tennis star Achanta Sharath Kamal posted a picture of his dinner after his matches at the Asian Games 2018 Village in Jakarta, captioning it as, “After a gruelling 3 hr long match, this is what we get to eat for dinner at the #AsianGames2018. Bread, Nutella and Museli.”At the Youth Olympics so far, India have won two silver medals — one in shooting and the other in judo.Tababi Devi Thangjam became India’s first judo athlete to win an Olympic medal – senior or junior – as she grabbed India’s second silver medal on Sunday.At the stroke of midnight, we witnessed a historic Silver laden moment when Tababi Devi Thangjam became the first judoka to win an Olympic medal for #TeamIndia at the @youtholympics #BuenosAires2018 ! Only much prouder of the 16-year-old #FeelTheFuture #IAmTeamIndia India (@ioaindia) October 8, 2018Tababi went down to Venezuela’s Maria Gimenez 11:0s1 in the Women’s -44kg Finals of Judo but created history for India.Before her, Shahu Tushar Mane had opened India’s account in Buenos Aires with a silver medal in 10m Air Rifle event, having shot shot 247.5.Congratulations to the first #TeamIndia medallist at the @youtholympics #BuenosAires2018Shahu Tushar Mane bags India’s first medal, a Silver in #ShootingSport Men’s 10m Air Rifle event. #WellDone #FeelTheFuture #IAmTeamIndia India (@ioaindia) October 7, 2018Earlier on Sunday, Srihari Nataraj missed out on qualifying for the finals of Men’s 100m Backstroke swimming event after clocking a time of 56.48. Even as Nataraj could not make it to the finals, his timing was an improved effort from his heats, where he clocked 56.75.In table tennis, both Archana Girish Kamath and Manav Thakkar registered victories in the preliminary stage of the competition.Archana defeated Singapore’s Rui Xuan 4-1 (11-6, 8-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-9) while Manav needed six games to beat Lithuania’s Cius Stankevi 4-2 (11-9, 8-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-3, 11-5).In badminton, Asia Junior Championships gold medallist Lakshya Sen eased past Mohamed Mostafa Kamel of Egypt 21-14, 21-10 while Vaishnavi Jakka Reddy also stormed past Spain’s Elena Andreu 21-13, 21-6.#TeamIndia at the @youtholympics #BuenosAires2018In #Badminton Lakshya Sen beat Mohamed Mostafa Kamel of Egypt in the Men’s Singles Group F match, winning 2 straight games. The score read 2-0: Game 1: 21-14; Game 2: 21-10! #Congratulations @lakshya_sen #IAmTeamIndia India (@ioaindia) October 7, 2018The Hockey5s discipline saw both Indian men and women registering solid victories in the preliminary round.Indian men thrashed Bangladesh 10-0 while the women defeated Austria 4-2.India is being represented by 46 athletes across 13 sports in the Youth Olympics at Buenos Aires this time. This is India’s largest contingent at the Youth Olympics.advertisementIn the 2014 Youth Olympics at Nanjing, China, India had won just two medals — a silver and a bronze.(With ANI inputs)last_img

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *