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Leander Paes not allotted room in Olympic village: Report

On arrival, Paes had to keep his bags and change in Chef De Mission Rakesh Gupta's room.

Last Updated: Friday, August 5, 2016 - 10:00
Leander Paes not allotted room in Olympic village: Report
Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: Veteran Indian tennis star Leander Paes finally arrived in Rio on Thursday.

According to a report in The Times of India, there was no room assigned for him in the Olympic village.

On arrival, Paes had to keep his bags and change in Chef De Mission Rakesh Gupta's room.

India's non-playing captain/coach Zeeshan Ali refuted allegations that Paes had refused to share a flat with doubles partner Rohan Bopanna.

"There have been speculations that Leander has complained that he doesn't want to share a room with Rohan (Bopanna), but there's no truth to it. I and the organisers were aware that he was to reach Rio on Thursday (August 4). Sure he will be low on time for the match on August 6, but he practiced on arriving will be ready for the match," he told TOI.

Leander said that he was disappointed by the reports in the Indian media about the same.

"I am slightly disappointed that having played six Olympics for India, I haven't been given a place to stay. I was playing a tournament in New York and took the first flight on its completion. The match got over at 8 and took a 10.45 flight to Rio," he further added.

Leander's also stated that the three rooms were occupied by Bopanna, Ali and the team physio. He however was expecting to get his room after the practice session in the evening.

The Paes-Bopanna pair will play its first match against Polan on August 6 at 7:30 PM.

First Published: Friday, August 5, 2016 - 09:56

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