India’s Olympic wrestling team served ‘rotten’ food

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June 6, 2012

An Indian sports ministry monitoring panel has disclosed that the nation's official wrestling training camp serves "rotten" food to sportsmen preparing for next month's London Olympics. Among the wrestlers at the camp is Sushil Kumar who won the bronze medal at the Beijing Olympics.

June 6, 2012

An Indian sports ministry monitoring panel has disclosed that the nation's official wrestling training camp serves "rotten" food to sportsmen preparing for next month's London Olympics. Among the wrestlers at the camp is Sushil Kumar who won the bronze medal at the Beijing Olympics.

India's Sushil Kumar celebrating after defeating South Africa's Heinrich Barnes during the men's 66 kg wrestling gold medal match at the Commonwealth Games 2010 in New Delhi.

Indian sports officials have expressed shock at conditions in the Olympic training camp for the nation's wrestlers, with rotten fruit being prepared in a dirty kitchen, a report said Tuesday.

Former swimmer Khajan Singh, a member of the sports ministry's monitoring panel, visited the camp at Sonepat, 45 kilometres (30 miles) north of New Delhi, where the wrestlers are training ahead of next month's London Games.

"I was shocked to see rotten fruits used to make juice and unhygienic conditions in the kitchen," Singh, a silver-medallist at the 1986 Asian Games, told the Hindustan Times.

"There is no dietitian or medical expert to oversee the quality of food being served." The wrestlers had not complained because they feared being thrown out of the camp, Singh explained.

Among the wrestlers training at the camp was Sushil Kumar, who won a bronze at the Beijing Olympics and is a rare medal prospect for the London Olympics, which begins on July 27.

With 1.2 billion people and a rapidly growing economy, India should be an emerging Olympic powerhouse but it achieved a meager haul of just one gold and two bronzes at Beijing 2008.

Sports bosses set up an organization called "Olympic Gold Quest" in 2001 to improve the nation's record, but under-investment in facilities and coaching for athletes remains a severe problem.


Courtesy: nydailynews

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