The Olympic champion is disqualified.  The police launched an investigation

Getty Images / Gian Ehrenzeller / Pictured: Sturla Holm Laegried

Lukas Wijczyk


Sturla Holm Laegreid will not participate in Sunday’s group race in Lenzerheide. The Norwegian was disqualified because he fired a gun in the hotel. The Swiss police are investigating the incident.

On Saturday, Sturla Holm Laegried finished third in the pursuit race in Lenzerheide and indicated that he was in good condition. The Norwegian was one of the favorites to win the team race on Sunday, where the top thirty people compete in the Biathlon World Cup.

However, Liegrid will be absent from the start. The International Biathlon Union (IBU) disqualified the athlete. The reason given was that the Norwegian “was involved in a security incident.”

NRK TV reports details of the incident. It turned out that Laegrid fired a gun on Friday at the hotel where he was staying. The case was investigated by the Swiss police. The biathlete was interrogated for several hours.

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– It’s very embarrassing, but it’s true. We are in a sport where we could get someone killed, so any safety violations must be treated with the utmost caution. “I have to accept the consequences of what happened,” Laigrid said.

The accident allegedly occurred during race preparations. The athlete performed “routine activities.” – This time we shot in the hotel. “Later, when I did the dry training, I hit the wall,” he added.

Most importantly, no one was hurt. The International Federation of the Blind is cooperating with the Swiss police, who are investigating all the circumstances of the accident. Preliminary results show that the athlete will face no consequences.

The Norwegian national team director, Per Arne Botnan, explained that the Norwegians were the ones who reported the incident themselves, and the International Broadcasting Union contacted the World Cup organizers and the police.

-We live near the stadium. The usual procedure is for competitors to collect their starting numbers and ammunition at a booth in the stadium and set everything up there before going to the start. “Here there was a proposal to do it in a hotel,” Butnan added.

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