India players served ‘beer, peanuts’ on Independence Day at Indian Embassy in Rio

The event was organised by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and was attended by the two hockey teams who were already out of the competition.

By: PTI | Rio De Janeiro | Updated: August 17, 2016 12:00 am
Indian Olympic contingent, Indian embassy in Rio, Indian embassy dinner, Indian players dinner, Dinner, Indian hockey team, Rio 2016 Olympics, Rio Olympics India, Rio, Olympics The members of the hockey teams were left fuming. (Source: PTI)

Nothing seems to be going right for the country’s Olympic contingent currently in Rio de Janeiro as a group of athletes attending an Independence Day function at the Indian Embassy were only fed “peanuts” after being forced to skip their dinner.

The event was organised by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and was attended by the two hockey teams who were already out of the competition. The players had cancelled their dinner at the Games Village expecting a full-course meal.

Asked to confirm, Indian chef de mission Rakesh Gupta smiled and said,”You please talk to the hockey players, they would say it better. I just made a flying visit and returned to be on time for the boxing bout of Vikas Krishan.”

A member of the hockey team was fuming.

“It was all about peanuts. We expected a dinner at least but what they served was beer and some soft drinks, and peanuts,” a member of the hockey team fumed.

“We had cancelled our dinner at the Games Village and came all the way. It’s really disappointing,” he said as they were taken in two buses to the venue.

Firstly, the celebration of the 70th Independence Day hosted by the Embassy of India in Brazil and Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sport (MYAS) became a low-key affair as the timing clashed with many key events last evening.

While the media entourage was busy covering the badminton and boxing matches, among the players only from the men’s and women’s hockey teams could make the function at the Olympian Reunion Centre at the Clube de Regatas do Flamengo near the rowing venue in Lagoa in Copacabana.

The invitation had come from the office of Rajiv Yadav secretary (sports) department of sports, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports Government India.

“It’s a special day (I-Day) in our life. I also congratulate our players are doing a job for our nation. Good luck to the Indian team for the remaining events. Many in last eight of the competition.

“Victory at this level depends on several factors, you are included, only matter of small things. Our athletes in top eight, we must congratulate them for that,” Yadav said in his welcome speech.

“I congratulate all of them for the superlative performances they have put in. Youre the pride of our nation. this is just a process. You have come close, Dipa created history, Abhinav came fourth. There will be many more. All our best wishes to our athletes,” Sunil Lal ambassador of India in Brazil said to a round of applause from the athletes, little knowing that what in offer for them.

Pawandeep Singh Kohli, the Chief Medical Officer for the Indian contingent present at the reception and also confirmed that there was no proper food available.

“They all were asking me about the food… But the function was fine,” Kohli said.

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    Chandra Shekar
    Aug 16, 2016 at 6:24 pm
    shocking and shameful. This is bad publicity for the Indian emby and all;br/gt;It would have been better not to serve them beer but give them sumptuous food.
    1. A
      Aug 16, 2016 at 6:50 pm
      Vijay goel zindabad Sir hume bhi invite karo beer ke saath chakna
      1. M
        Aug 16, 2016 at 2:55 pm
        Consulate officers are prepared to subordinate politicians due to slave mentality. For normal citizens they don't care. If it was a celebrity actor or politician they will go beyond their limits.
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          concerned Indian
          Aug 16, 2016 at 2:02 pm
          This us how are players are treated, plz don't expect medals from them.
          1. S
            Aug 19, 2016 at 1:53 am
            If given an chance FEKU WOULD HAVE SERVED COW DUNG AND COW . Shame on INDIAN EMBY CLOWNS
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              Syama uppuluri
              Aug 16, 2016 at 4:38 pm
              Has Mr. Sachin Tendulkar been looked after well?
              1. J
                Aug 16, 2016 at 3:19 pm
                We only have self centered corrupt officers in IAS/ IPS/ IFS officers these days. The worst part is their intellectual capability is not worth Tax Payers money. We should pay them PEANUTS. You should see their pathetic performance when they visit abroad corporates headquarters to request for investments.....small European countries reps do a better job than these book smart monkeys. India shining and Mera Bharat Mahan....Dream on Folks...MODIJI should think of setting up a QUAlity Control in Governance department, it should have Short Service commission of 5 years with Corporate folks with at least 10 years experience abroad in Fortune top 50 companies to audit the government departments......Then u will see these Bureaucrats wetting their pants.
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                  DR ASHOK AHUJA
                  Aug 17, 2016 at 7:04 pm
                  Can Beer be served on Independence day In Indai we observe dry days as per theGOI instructions
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