Indian national flag hoisted at Asian Games Village
Incheon: The Indian tri-colour was today hoisted at the Asian Games Village in the presence of the Chef-de-Mission Adille Sumariwala, a day before the opening ceremony of the sporting extravaganza at the main stadium is scheduled to take place.
Former sprinter Sumariwala, IOA vice-president Tarlochan Singh and more than 50 competititors, including the women’s hockey squad, was present when the Indian flag was hoisted along with those of five other countries/region – Myanmar, Uzbekistan, Tajikstan, Chinese Taipei and Palestine.
Sumariwala, while speaking to reporters ahead of the ceremony, said that the Indian contingent members were quite satisfied with the accommodation though it was a bit cramped.
As per accomodation, seven athletes are sharing three-bedroom apartments with two washrooms. According to one of the officials accompanying the contingent, the much-maligned Commonwealth Games in Delhi had much better arrangements for the athletes.
The athletes, who reached in first batch were initially having problems with food but Sumariwalla said that it has been sorted out to some extent.
“They complained that they were not getting Indian food and it has been rectified to some extent, for example dal is being served,” said Sumariwala.
Sumariwalla also exuded confidence that the Indian contingent would better its show in Guangzhou but did not want to predict the medal count.
“We will do better than that but I can’t say how many medals we will win,” were his remarks on the subject.