Austrian Times RSS FeedsLike the Austrian Times Facebook page!Follow us on Twitter!


Events for July
M T W T F S S
30 1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 31 1 2 3
Add your event FREE

Today

Videos


BurgKino

Pub Quiz everyTuesday at Johnny's Pub

Popular in Austria


Cosmo&Nanu

Bernadette Schild is thought to be one of two athletes to have recieved threats

Kidnap threats sent to Austrian Olympic athletes

The Austrian Olympic committee will consider upping security if the threats against two of their skiers received on the day before Sochi Winter Games prove to be serious.

The letters threatening kidnapping are thought to be directed at Alpine skier Bernadette Schild and skeleton racer Janine Flock, although this has not been confirmed by the committee.

The source of the letters is unknown but militant Islamist groups have previously warned of protest attacks against Russia at the games.

The letters follow similar threatening messages sent last month to delegations from five countries, including Italy, Germany and Hungary, which were analysed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as presenting no real danger.

The content and origin of the letters sent to the Austrian athletes are currently being analysed by the country's national counter-terrorism agency.

Commenting on the letters, general secretary of Austria's Olympic Committee Peter Mennel said: "We informed the minister of internal affairs and Austria's police...there is no actual threat at the moment.

"We have two security people here and if the threat is confirmed we will give additional security to the athletes."

The IOC has also tried to alleviate any fears by reassuring athletes and spectators that they will be safe at Sochi, although the president highlighted that most big events attract this kind of attention.

"Every big event nowadays is under threat," said IOC president Thomas Bach. "We have to address this. The alternative would be to surrender to terrorists."

Austrian Times


Are you on Facebook? Like the Austrian Times on Facebook and win great prizes!


Cosmo and Nanu
ORF Watch

Tag cloud:
terrorism  events  security  letters  committee  Sochi  Olympic  threats  skiers  athletes  analysed  minister  Austrian  Mennel  president  Commenting  agency  origin  danger  secretary

Latest News

 

Austrian Wine Grower Sets New Record For Maturing Grapes
An award-winning Austrian winegrower is believed to have set a new record after leaving harvested grapes for an incredible nine months before fermenting them to create an ultra-sweet white and red wine.

Austrian Castle Owner Shocked By Airplane Wheel In Duck Pond
An Austrian castle owner got a shock after discovering this massive aircraft wheel had landed in his duck pond.

Glock Receives Austrian Award At Birthday Party
Austrian gun maker Gaston Glock has celebrated his 85th birthday with a huge ceremony in which the charitable work of himself and his wife Kathrin was honoured with a top Austrian award, and confirmation that this year two streets and a business park are to be named after him.

Sausage Surprise As Giant Wurst Is Pinched
Austrian police are hunting crooks who broke open a market stall and stole a 1.5 metre sausage worth over 2,000 EUR in the picture postcard village of St Michael in the region of Lungau.

Multi Coloured UFOs In Formation Over Austria
Austrian officials say they are baffled to explain a UFO sighting in which dozens of people reported seeing between 50 and 100 objects flying in formation.

Priests Furious After Porn Films Shot In Local Parish Church
A furious Austrian Catholic priest has complained to police after discovering a local woman had apparently been using his church as a studio to make porn films.

Two metre snake sends woman motorist fleeing
An Austrian motorist got a shock after noticing something hanging down from under her car and realising it was a huge two metre snake that had ended up curled around the engine.

What is on at Haydn Kino this week? (10 July - 16 July)
The following films are on at the English language cinema Haydn Kino on Mariahilfestrasse between 10 July and 16 July...

Beekeeping is booming in Vienna
People living in Vienna have got a new hobby - beekeeping.

Queen of Englands favourite horses used as lawnmowers in Vienna
Horses from the famous Spanish Riding School are being used to help keep the grass down in city parks in Vienna.

 


Mala Vrata

The most popular stories –
last 7 days



Don't moan alone, the Ombudsman Investigates.

Why suffer in silence. Let off steam by letting our readers share your troubles. File your complaints about anything and everything here.

Our ombudsman David Rogers will try and help solve some of the problems from lazy civil servants through to incompetent companies – and at the very least the worst transgressors will end up in our weekly special report.


Austrian Zimmers