So this is another story of a major mistake in Rio for the Olympics, although this has nothing to do with waterfalls in stairwells or feces in the water supply.
India’s much celebrated and decorated field hockey team will not be marching in the opening ceremony Friday night with the rest of India’s delegation, because eight of the team don’t have properly fitting jerseys. India’s delegation will not be wearing jersey’s as they march into the Maracana; they will be wearing blazers and suits, but the initial report says that, “the hockey players have decided to skip the event for fear of being embarrassed at the global stage.”
Maybe the team is skipping the ceremony to force the hand of the Olympic Committee to make changes, which is the most likely reason beyond “embarrassment”. Here’s what India’s sports minister had to say in a series of tweets:
However, once this issue (kit issue) was brought to our notice, have asked our officials to address it: Vijay Goel pic.twitter.com/XoDz5vQbfg
— ANI (@ANI_news) August 5, 2016
India has won eight field hockey gold medals, a silver medal, and two bronze medals in its history, making it one of the most successful Olympic teams in any sport. Their first game is at 10 AM eastern time tomorrow. And based on the news reports stemming from back home about this row, there’s plenty of anger in the country about what is happening, which you can watch here.
Man, the studio anchor isn’t too pleased that the field hockey’s team jerseys don’t fit. I thought journalists were supposed to be unbiased.