MINSK, 22 January (BelTA) – In an interview with the program “Biathlon with Dmitry Guberniyev” on the Match TV channel, Norway's Ole Einar Bjoerndalen said that he has no chances left to get to the Olympics in Pyeongchang but expressed the hope that his wife, Darya Domracheva, will do well in the upcoming Olympic Games 2018.
Commenting on his chances to participate in the Olympics, Bjoerndalen said: “There are no chances left. I have run out of all chances. I did not deserve this right. I was late with my form. There were a lot of things to deal with in the summer and in the fall. I would like to apologize to the fans for not being able to make them happy at the Olympics. My goal was to get into the top shape by the Olympics. Who knew that I would not be able to even qualify? Of course, this is something I need to come to grips with. But this is life. It goes on. I train every day. This increases my motivation and keeps my spirits high. No one will take this from me. What is left for me is to help Darya as much as I can and make her training optimal. I think she is on the right track. I keep my fingers crossed thinking that this will be a good Olympics for her.”
“A wild card for the Games from the IOC? Yes, there was a big discussion. They even called me. They laid out all the cards on the table and did everything they could, but that was not enough. Only the national Olympic committee can issue such an invitation. Five years ago they invited athletes outside the quota. But the rules have changed since then. The IOC cannot do anything, I need to accept this. What now? I will make a decision as to my participation in the European Championship in the next few days. I was planning to go there but health issues... No, I am not sick but it is just my sports form which is going up and down. I am left off the team for the world cups,” Ole Einar Bjoerndalen said.
Darya Domracheva won the Antholz women's mass start in a big comeback on 21 January. Following the victory Darya Domracheva told Belarus 1 TV channel that it was important for her to feel confident on track and in shooting ahead of the Olympic Games. “I did my homework well. Now I can be getting ready for Pyeongchang,” the Belarusian biathlete said.
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