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


Events for April
M T W T F S S
31 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 1 2 3 4
Add your event FREE

Today

Videos



BurgKino

Pub Quiz everyTuesday at Johnny's Pub

Popular in Austria

Cosmo&Nanu

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!




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


Latest News

 

Playful panda bear cubs at Schoenbrunn Zoo
The latest additions to the panda enclosure at Schoenbrunn Zoo have been enjoying getting to know their toys.

Michael Glawogger dies whilst filming in Africa
The Austrian filmmaker Michael Glawogger has died whilst filming his latest documentary in Africa. He was 54-years-old.

Deal struck with America Movil over Telekom Austrian ownership
Telecom Austria will receive a 1 billion EUR boost in capital after the Austrian state agreed a deal yesterday with Mexican telecoms company America Movil to combine their shares in a co-ownership agreement.

What is on at Burg Kino this week? (25 April - 1 May)



This week at the Burg Kino on the Opernring the following films are showing:





Faymann warns against further Russia sanctions
Chancellor Werner Faymann has spoken out in support of moving away from additional sanctions on Russia.

What is on at Haydn Kino this week? (24 April - 30 April)
The following films are on at the English language cinema Haydn Kino on Mariahilfestrasse between 24 April and 30 April:

Gazprom to explore expanding pipeline in Austria
Russia could soon begin constructing their South Stream gas pipeline in Austria after meetings were held this week with Gazprom.

Poacher in Vienna shoots five deer with bow and arrow
A poacher is suspected to have killed five animals in Vienna using a bow and arrow, a hunting weapon that is forbidden throughout Austria.

Czech firm in the proverbial over dung parcel terror alert in Austria
A Czech mail order company that sends elephant poo around the EU could be faced with a hefty bill after a package of dung sparked a terror alert at an Austrian town hall.

Model helicopter chops up owner
Austrian model aircraft enthusiast Uwe E., 50, is in intensive care after he tried to catch his expensive model helicopter when it suddenly dropped out of the sky in the town of Krenglbach in Upper Austria, and he was badly chopped up by the rotor blades.

 


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