Rio de Janeiro, July 24: The first group of Chinese sportspersons from table tennis, swimming and women’s football teams, arrived in Sao Paulo’s prestigious Esporte Clube Pinheiros, the training base of Chinese Olympic delegation for the coming Rio Olympic Games.
According to the introduction from Chinese Olympic delegation officials, a total of 17 teams from the country will use the club in Brazil’s most populous city to train and acclimatse as well as to recover from jet lag ahead of the August 5-21 Games, reports Xinhua.
About half of the Chinese delegation’s athletes will go to the training base. The total of around 400, including athletes, coaches, officials and supporting staff are expected at Sao Paulo.
After their preparation in Sao Paulo, the delegation will travel 430 km northeast to Rio, where they will stay in the Olympic Village during competition.
Located in the exclusive neighbourhood of Jardim Europa, Esporte Club Pinheiros covers an area of 170,000 square metres, equivalent to about 10 football pitches.
The training base was decided following 18 months of negotiations between Chinese officials and the club’s administrators.
Esporte Clube Pinheiros is prepared to welcome Chinese athletes in the coming days as they recruited several volunteers to better serve the delegation.
Meanwhile, to minimize disruption to its 38,000 members, the club will schedule times for which its facilities will be available exclusively to Chi’s athletes.
The facilities have already been rented and will be at the disposition of Chi between July 22 and August 15. IANS