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.