Security personnel walk in the Olympic Park in the Coastal Cluster on Jan. 9 in Adler, Russia.(Photo: Michael Heiman, Getty Images)
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) - Hungary's Olympic Committee says it has
received an email message written in Russian and English threatening its
athletes with terrorist attacks at the Sochi Olympic Games.
The International Olympic Committee confirmed there was a message but downplayed the severity of it.
Bence Szabo, secretary general of the Hungarian Olympic committee, told the sports daily Nemzeti Sport on Wednesday that the message also urged the Hungarian delegation to stay away from the Winter Games, which run from Feb. 7-23.
President Zsolt Borkai told the state news wire MTI that other
countries' Olympic committees had also received similar messages and
that the IOC, Sochi organizers and Hungarian security forces had been
NBC News reported Germany and Italy also were emailed threats.
The IOC repeated its stance that it "takes security very seriously."
will) pass on any credible information to the relevant security
services," the IOC said in a statement. "However, in this case it seems
like the email sent to the Hungarian Olympic Committee contains no
threat and appears to be a random message from a member of the public."
spokeswoman for the Switzerland's Olympic committee said similar
threats were "normal" so close to the Winter Games and that athletes and
officials would base their travel plans on the assessment of security
and diplomatic officials.
is kind of an everyday mail. This is normal before every Olympics,"
Martina Gasner told the AP by telephone. "We work with the federal
offices for police and foreign relations."
"If they say you can go
to Sochi, we will go, and if one day they will say it is too dangerous
and we command you not to go then we will change our plans," she said.
The Hungarian Olympic committee did not immediately respond to AP requests for comment.
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