Indian flag hoisted at Olympic Games Village

At an elegant and colorful ceremony, Indian contingent was today formally welcomed and ushered into the Olympics Games Village. Games Village Mayor Charles Allan welcomed Indian deputy Chef de Mission Brig P K M Raja, the sportspersons and officials to become part of the Village as the Indian tricolor was hosted while the National anthem was played. Brig Raja exchanged mementos with Charles Allan and then signed on the peace statue pledging India’s unstinted support for spreading the gospel of peace and the Olympic movement.

Perhaps for the first time in recent years that such an impressive welcome ceremony is being conducted by the Organisers of the Game. The Athletes and the officials were overwhelmed with the warmth and positive energy emanated by the troupe belonging to the National Youth theater who enthralled the audience with their superlative acrobatics and performances.

Tennis stars Mahesh Bhupathi, Rohan Boppana, world number 1 Archer Deepika Kumari along with her two team mates, some hockey players, boxers, and officials attended the function.

Indian contingent has been housed in Titan House in the Seaside block.

Later Brig Raja said “All the Indian sports persons who have moved into the village are fit and excited about the Games.’They are very happy with their preparations.” He disclosed that at the daily meetings chaired by him, the coaches and managers have given positive feedback about their teams.

The sportspersons at the village are fully supported by a medical team of four doctors, Dr Sarla Rao(Head of the team) Dr Sanjogita Soodan, Dr B B Nayak and Dr Abhishek Choudhary,- three Physiotherapists- Mr Ramesh Trivedi,HariShankar Varma and Srikant Iyengar. They are available 24×7.

In addition to this staff a large number of masseurs are available at the Games Village Gym and their services can be utilized with prior appointment.

Brig Raja said Dr Sarla has informed him that she is going to get a masseurs for Indian Sports persons on permanent basis. Brig Raja added that sportspersons are very happy with the medical and the support staff of the IOA.

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