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Indian Cuisine on menu at Rio Olympics, daily allowance doubled: Sports Ministry

More than hundred sports person will represent India in Rio Olympics, which will begin from August 3

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Indian athletes travelling to Rio pose with PM Modi. Image Source: zeenews.india.com
  • The Sports Ministry said that some athletes had insisted on getting Indian cuisine during their stay
  • The Indian Olympics Association had also requested Olympics Organising Committee to add Indian food in the menu at the Games Village
  • Sports Secretary Rajiv Yadav revealed that athletes will also be given their daily allowance from the very moment they reach Rio

NEW DELHI: Indian athletes representing the country in Rio de Janerio Olympics next month, in August, will get Indian food in the Games Village.

The Sports Ministry said that some athletes had insisted on getting Indian cuisine during their stay.

TOI quoted the Sports Secretary Rajiv Yadav as saying, “We have got confirmation from Rio Olympics organisers that our athletes will be served Indian food throughout the Games. It will be part of the official Games’ menu.”

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Reportedly, the Indian Olympics Association had also requested Olympics Organising Committee to add Indian food in the menu at the Games Village.

Yadav also revealed that the athletes will be given their daily allowance from the very moment they reach Rio.

Rio Olympics Logo. Image Source: YouTube.com
Rio Olympics Logo. Image Source: YouTube.com

Notably, the athletes will be given a double daily allowance from this time on.

“We have doubled the daily allowance too, from $50 to $100. Some of the athletes had mentioned to us that the earlier amount was not enough,” Yadav said.

Interestingly, India is sending its largest ever contingent to participate in the games. More than hundred sports person will represent the country in Rio Olympics, which will begin from August 3.

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Talking about the ministry’s medal projection, Yadav iterated, “It is difficult to predict but we are hopefully of getting into the double digits.”

India had put up a remarkable show at the 2012 London Olympics, bagging unprecedented six medals- two silver and four bronze.

– prepared by Bulbul Sharma, a staff-writer at NewsGram. Twitter: iBulbul_

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Study Says, Excess Physical Activity Can Be Harmful for Athletes

The researchers believe that fatigue and reduced cognitive control might also constitute the first stage in the development of a "burnout syndrome"

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This excessive physical activity in Athletes leads to reduced activity of the lateral prefrontal cortex (a key region for cognitive control), similar to that observed during mental effort. Pixabay

Researchers have found that, in top Athletes, excess physical activity could be harmful and also associated with major fatigue and reduced performances.

The study published in the journal Current Biology shows that intensive physical training could harm brain capacity, particularly cognitive control.

For the findings, Mathias Pessiglione and his team from Inserm Research Institute in France said that they were interested in identifying the causes of a common phenomenon in top athletes, known as “overtraining syndrome”.

This was characterised by reduced athletic performance and intense fatigue.

Athletes suffering from this syndrome might be tempted by products likely to restore their performance.

The primary hypothesis of the researchers were clear: the fatigue caused by overtraining is similar to that caused by mental efforts.

To test this idea, the team spent nine weeks working with 37 triathletes, who were split into two groups.

The first underwent the “usual” high-level training whereas the second had additional training during the last three weeks of the experiment, with sessions lasting 40 per cent longer, on average.

From this, the researchers were able to identify similarities between overly intensive physical training and excessive mental work.

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Researchers have found that, in top Athletes, excess physical activity could be harmful and also associated with major fatigue and reduced performances. Pixabay

This excessive physical activity leads to reduced activity of the lateral prefrontal cortex (a key region for cognitive control), similar to that observed during mental effort.

This reduction in brain activity was associated with impulsive decision-making, in which short-term gratification was prioritised over long-term goals.

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In the case of top athletes, being this impulsive could lead to their decision to stop right in the middle of a performance or to abandon a race in order to end the pain felt during physical exertion.

The researchers believe that fatigue and reduced cognitive control might also constitute the first stage in the development of a “burnout syndrome”, which affects many people across various professional sectors. (IANS)