New Delhi: The Indian hockey team representing India at the Rio Olympics will not participate in the march-past because their jerseys are not ready, NewsX confirmed on Friday.
India's hockey team which has garnered a total of 8 gold medals for the country was left hapless when they saw that more than 8 of their jerseys were misfit and were not suitable for the players. As the march-past will be televised live worldwide, the hockey players have decided to skip the event for fear of being embarrassed at the global stage.
Equipped with improper jersey kit, this is another blow to the morals of the athletes who are hoping that they will bag the gold medal for India.
Speaking on the issue, Sports Minister Vijay Goel said that it was Rio's organising committee's job to make sure all facilities are in place. "Once this issue was brought to our notice, we asked officials to address it," said Goel.
However, once this issue (kit issue) was brought to our notice, have asked our officials to address it: Vijay Goel pic.twitter.com/XoDz5vQbfg
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Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President N Ramachandran will be liable to answer for this gross negligence at such an important stage in the Olympics.