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Oceania Athletes Test Games Facilities

  Oi from Rio Olympic Games Village. It’s Thursday evening here and Friday for you in the Pacific. Today has been cloudy, a bit chilly and a slow day for
30 Jul 2016 11:42
Oceania Athletes Test Games Facilities
Oceania chef de missions at Olympic Games village in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, yesterday. Photo: ONOC.

 

Oi from Rio Olympic Games Village. It’s Thursday evening here and Friday for you in the Pacific.

Today has been cloudy, a bit chilly and a slow day for the ONOC team at the Oceania office. There wasn’t any chef de mission meeting at 7.30am and so we were based in the village updating all the administrative work, especially room allocations.

Tongan chef de mission Michael Bloomfield got in yesterday and we only met at lunch. He was off the radar for 12 hours, catching up on some much-needed sleep.

Apart from administrators, the athletes from Guam, Cook Islands and Vanuatu have arrived. They have wasted no time in checking out the facilities.

Guam chef de mission Joey Miranda III said his two swimmers and 800 metre runner had been trying out the facilities of their given sport.

Cook Islands’ two sailors and two canoeing athletes have been trying out the waters in their respective sporting venues. Vanuatu’s rower Luigi Teilemb has also been up and about.

GAME OF NUMBERS

Here at the Games Village, the numbers are increasing every day at the dining hall and more food bases serving meals. When in full flight according to Mario Cilenti- director of Olympic Village they’ll be serving 60,000 meals a day.

The 300m long dining hall can seat 5,000 athletes and officials at one given time. Cilenti says the accommodation can house for 18,000 people. In terms of accommodation, electrical, plumbing and laundry have improved drastically.

We had a first unofficial gathering of chef de missions during dinner minus Tonga and discussions centred around allocation of rooms, pulling resources together and working as a team, planning for the August 4 Oceania flag bearer and team presentation at URCA Beach near Copacabana.

With Robert Graham- Cooks chef de mission in our midst, there was bound to be laughter and we did have good fun and parted for the night with a group photo.

So until tomorrow, ‘boa noite’ (good night).

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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