The Event: Day 2, 16 May 2008
Press conference and swimming practice
Yoga with Vijay
The Tibetan Olympics participants
The Tibetan Olympics participants meet the press
Medical exam with Dr Ari from Israel
MCLEOD GANJ, India, 16 May 2008 — Day two at the TibO camp started off with early morning yoga for all participants. Excitement was high during the press conference at Hotel Bhagsu. Reporters, photographers and filmmakers representing different media were present. The team looked proud and strong in their red and white tracksuits, holding the Tibetan flag and Tibetan Olympic banner aloft. The media were very interested in the stories of how the participants came to India from Tibet and why. The full press release was read out by the director Lobsang Wangyal and can be read here.
Afternoon swimming training at Funky Town, a new swimming pool near Norbulingka Institute in the midst of monasteries and wheat fields, was interrupted mid-way by a heavy thunderstorm, and hail filled the pool. A few brave and dedicated swimmers stayed in the water throughout the storm but most of us ran for shelter and warmth. Several of the participants had never swum before and while initially quite nervous, by the end of two hours were feeling much more confident and getting around the pool quite well. Several athletes were accomplished swimmers and spent the time on fitness training and swimming laps, while in the shallow end basic swimming instruction was given by our swim coach, Antionette, a former New Zealand Masters swimming champion.
Dr. Ari from Israel gave a basic checkup to all the athletes to make sure they are all fit and healthy before competition starts. A couple of the men had higher than normal blood pressure and so will get an E.C.G. at Delek hospital tomorrow morning to ensure there are no other problems. Dr. Ari will be in attendance throughout the events in case of problems.
The evening running session was cancelled as everyone was tired from the hectic day. Back at base camp, the athletes and staff enjoyed a big dinner of delicious Tibetan food on the rooftop dining area before heading to bed for a well earned rest.
(Text by Catherine Schuetze, photos by Suzanne Hayano)