The Czech delegation is concerned that Russian agents may attempt to compromise the athletes.
In the face of Russian threats, the Czech delegation s security considerations forbade his men to drink from bottles and to accept gifts from fans at the world Cup.
According to the coach of the national team of Czech Republic ondřej Rybarska, his team received threats because of the strong position of its members about doping in Russian sports.
Thus, the head of the Union of biatlonistov this country Jiri Hamza received a call from an unknown caller who told him in Russian: “You will die badly”. Biathlete Gabriela Soukalova allegedly became the hated person in Russia after he said that he didn’t trust any of his rivals from the country, which so often were involved in doping scandals.
“This is a tactic of scoundrels who want such a dishonest way to intimidate our athletes. Similar letters and threats to write bad people, suffering from paranoia. There are also such as crazy Russian commentator [Dmitry Guberniev], whose propaganda support of his countrymen,” said Rybar.
The Czech delegation was concerned that her athletes could be a target of attacks, therefore, forbid them to take open bottles or drinks from strangers. According to men’s coach Michal Malek, someone can bring chocolate, but no one knows what there may be are mixed.
“From the very beginning, the Russians were not honest, because it is not necessary to expect that they will suddenly become honest,” said women’s coach of the Czech Republic Zdenek Vitek.
On the days of the French biathlete Martin Fourcade left the awards ceremony of the mixed relay at the world Cup in 2017 after the podium stood his Russian colleagues. According to the Frenchman, he did it because Loginov and Anton refused to shake his hand.
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