Yemen withdraws from Winter Olympics in Sochi

SANA’A: The Yemeni Olympic Association, with support from the Ski Club of North Yemen, this morning announced that it would be withdrawing its team from the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. The move is likely to be seen as a hammer blow for the event, coming just a month before it starts in the Russian ski resort. “It is with great sadness that we have decided to pull our Yemeni athletes out of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. We wish the hosts the greatest of luck with the games,” the Association said in a statement. Although no reason was given for the decision, many experts have claimed the withdrawal is due to the increased threat of terrorist activity following the recent deadly bomb attacks in Volgograd, plus Russia’s hard-line stance on homosexuality.

5 Responses to Yemen withdraws from Winter Olympics in Sochi

  1. Kate January 9, 2014 at 6:36 am

    This is wonderful!

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  2. Jason January 12, 2014 at 8:20 am

    I agree. Cant wait each week for my dose of the enquirer. But someone will be along shortly complaining that it is all untrue/ politically incorrect etc!!!!!

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  3. cheeseontoast69 January 12, 2014 at 9:12 am

    Wow, this is massive. It throws the Women’s Figure Skating competition way open, what with Yemen having a very strong representation on the ice rink. Outsiders from the US, Russia and Japan will be overjoyed at this news.

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  4. frozen salmon fishing in the Yemeni branch of Iceland January 13, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    i heard that this was the direct result of the Yemeni Women’s skeleton bob team getting caught up in a horrific accident, when their loose-flowing modesty lycra suits got caught up in the rails on a training run at their Winter training base at The Lecht in Scotland.

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  5. Mushkila February 3, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    …the needs of Yemeni outweigh the needs of Ye- few…wisdom from the Madh’hij, who first brought ice to Yemen…

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