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Winter Olympics 2018: Canadian ski-cross athlete arrested along with wife and manager 

SENIOR ANALYST
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69   //    24 Feb 2018, 16:40 IST

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What's the story?

In an unfortunate turn of events, a Canadian athlete, his wife, and his manager are being investigated for allegedly stealing a car and driving it back to their residence during the ongoing Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. It was informed that unless it is proved a serious crime, they would be able to leave the country after paying a fine.

In case you didn't know...

During the press conference on Saturday, the Canadian Olympic Committee confirmed that they are aware that an investigation is going on but they did not explain any further. As per reports, the 35-year old is a Canadian is a ski-cross athlete and his manager is aged 42.

The heart of the matter

“We can confirm that an incident occurred. Until we know the results of the investigation, we’re not going to be able to provide further information at this time,” said an official of the committee.

He added, “We have confirmation that individuals attached to our team are involved in the investigation and are cooperating. We take this matter seriously.”

Initially, it was reported by the CBC that the three of the accused were taken into custody for driving an idle car and driving it to the Olympics village. Not only that, it was also reported that when the Gangwon Provincial Police Agency interrogated them they had a blood-alcohol level of .160 and they said they were cold.

What's next?

The investigations are still going on; it will be interesting to see what the punishments handed over to the accused and if they are allowed to take part in the Olympics any further. 

Author's take

Incidents like these not only affect the competition, it also diverts the minds of the athletes and also creates an impact on the performance of the athletes. With just a couple of days left for the mega event to conclude, hopefully, there won’t be any more shameful incidents occurring until the end. 

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A sports lover par excellence. Keeping track of sports-related events around the world is my passion, addiction, and would like to take it up as a profession. India locking horns with Pakistan in front of a packed Eden Gardens is a sight I crave for.
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