5 Feb 2014

Olympic kidnap threat sent to Austria

1:19 pm on 5 February 2014

The Austria Press Agency reports the Austria Olympic Committee has received a letter threatening to kidnap two Austrian athletes at the Games that start this week in Sochi.

National committee head Peter Mennel on Tuesday confirmed a report by the Krone newspaper that a letter, apparently from Russia, had arrived with the threat of abducting slalom ski star Marlies Schild and skeleton athlete Janine Flock.

Insurgents have threatened attacks during the Games in Sochi.

Several European Olympic committees and the United States received threatening letters in Russian last month, but Olympic chiefs said they posed no danger.