A good news for all the Indian athletes who are travelling to Rio de Janeiro is that they will be served India food in the Games village. The Sports Ministry announced on 6th July that throughout the games, there will be Indian cuisine available in the menu, and the confirmation has been got from the Rio Olympics organizers.
Some athletes had requested for Indian food at the Rio Olympic Games village. Their request had been considered and a request from the Indian Olympic Association was sent to the Olympics Organizing Committee. This request was taken and the Rio Olympics Organizers have confirmed that the menu at the games village will also have Indian cuisine.
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According to the Sports Secretary Rajiv Yadav it is necessary that athletes get proper and preferable food during their games as affects their performance. And most of the players have shown their preference for Indian food during their stay in Rio. With the availability of Indian food in the menu, the athletes will be able to eat well and thus have full concentration on their performance.
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Along with this news, it was also announced that the athletes will be given their daily allowance benefit from the time they step on Rio. The Sports Secretary also said that they have increased, in fact doubled, the daily allowance of the players. The increase have been made from USD 50 to USD 100. This modification has been made keeping in mind the request from some of the athletes who said that the previous amount was not enough.
This year India is sending over 100 athletes to Rio for representing the country. It is the largest contingent that the country has ever sent for Olympics. With so many athletes representing the country, the Sports Minister says that he at least hopes for the number of medals to go double digits this time. In the 2012 London Olympics, the count of medal was six. This year the games is scheduled to start on August 3rd. Now one has to wait and see that how many Olympics medals come to India this year.