Sao Paulo, July 31: Chinese athletes have arrived at Sao Paulo’s Esporte Clube Pinheiros, the pre-games training centre of the Chinese Olympic delegation for the Rio Olympic Games.
According to the Chinese Olympic delegation, a total of 16 teams from the country will use the club in Brazil’s most populous city to train and acclimatise ahead of the Games, scheduled to run from August 5-21. Considering the change in climate and jet lag from Chi, on-site training in Sao Paulo will be crucial for the performance of the athletes, reports Xinhua.
About half of Chi’s Olympic athletes will go to the training base. The total number of Chinese representatives in Sao Paulo is 411, including athletes, coaches, officials and supporting staff.
Following their training in the Sao Paulo training base, scheduled to operate from July 22 to August 15, the teams will travel the 430 km northeast to Rio, where they will stay in the Olympic Village during the competitions.
Sun Yuanfu, Deputy Chef de Mission of the Pre-Games Training Camp of the Chinese delegation, said: “With the flight distance of about 17,000 km and flight time of about 22 hours, it is the farthest Olympic Games we have ever attended.
“In order to get used to the weather, environment and time differences, the Chinese Olympic Committee decided to build up a pre-Games training camp of Chinese delegation to Rio Olympic Games.”
During these 25 days in the training camp, a total of 411 people will train here in 16 sports. IANS