Bindra arrives at Olympic Village

"The arrival of Abhinav Bindra means we are steadily getting to our full numbers and there is a lot of camaraderie between the athletes from various disciplines. For many of the newcomers it is a new experience of coming to Olympic Games and interacting with members of other sports," said Rakesh Gupta, the ‘chef de mission’ of Indian contingent.

The Indian hockey team members strike a pose at Sports Authority of India campus at Kengeri, ahead of Olympic Games 2016.   -  K. MURALI KUMAR

Indian men’s hockey team led by goalkeeper P. R. Sreejesh and 2008 Beijing Olympics gold medallist shooter Abhinav Bindra have checked into the Olympic Village ahead of the Rio Games starting on August 5.

The hockey team also included midfield stalwart Sardar Singh, V. R. Raghunath and Rupinder Pal among the team.

>WATCH: Indian Contingent settling into the Olympic Village

The players settled into the building, where the Indian team is housed and immediately got around to meet their colleagues from other sports.

Also arriving in the early hours today was Bindra, the only Indian to win an individual gold medal at the Olympics. He won the gold in 2008 Games in Beijing.

Receiving the athletes at the Housing Complex in the Olympic Village was Rakesh Gupta, the ‘chef de mission’ of Indian contingent and his administrative staff.

Hockey team’s chief coach Roelant Oltmans did the formalities and got the rooms quickly before retiring to catch some much-needed rest.

“The hockey team arrived from Spain and have settled into their rooms in the Village,” said Gupta.

“Also the arrival of Abhinav Bindra means we are steadily getting to our full numbers and there is a lot of camaraderie between the athletes from various disciplines. For many of the newcomers it is a new experience of coming to Olympic Games and interacting with members of other sports,” he added.

Later this morning, under the watchful eyes of coach Oltmans, the team had a light workout and had a session in the swimming pool attached to the building.

Full of enthusiasm and hopes the team had a quick session and soon will start their on-field training.

The Indian team is currently ranked fifth in the world and is hopeful of a qualifying for the semi-finals.