Bjoerndalen refused to participate in the Olympics for Belarus, although the IOC

Olympic Games 2018 in Pyeongchang ended recently, and one of the major disappointments was the fact that they did not attend the legendary biathlete OLE Einar Bjoerndalen. It was not included in the national team of Norway, however, as was confirmed by the athlete, he was able to speak to the team of Belarus and is even endorsed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).


Before the Olympics in 2018, it became known that OLE Einar Bjoerndalen was not included in the national team of Norway by a sports principle, as I was not selected. This was surprising news to many, including the men, who said he would win the optimal condition for the main start of four years.

However, the Games in Pyeongchang Bjoerndalen still was, now in the role of coach – the team of Belarus, which is his wife Darya Domracheva. There were also rumours that the athlete could participate in the Olympics under the flag of this team. OLE Einar confirmed this.

“Theoretically it was possible. I was able to play for Belarus, but thanked him and refused. I would be hard to get out to the stadium in a different form – I’m Norwegian. Felt it would be wrong”, – quotes the TV channel TV2 Bjoerndalen.

He also said that the international Olympic Committee (IOC) has given appropriate consent and approved potential performance for Belarus.

Olympics 2018. Chronicle of events

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