The Dutch skating association and Olympic committee have launched an investigation into claims that speed skater Gretha Smit and her coach Ingrid Paul tried to buy her a place on the starting line for the 5,000 meter event at the winter Olympics in Turin three years ago.
Polish skater Katarzyna Wojcicka told Nos tv on Sunday Smit and Paul had offered her €50,000 to give up her place in the race. Smit was first reserve for the event.
Paul, who now coaches the Canadian speed skating team, denied the claims. ‘Where would I have got the money from?’ she said. ‘And as far as I am aware, the sponsor did not offer any money either.’
Smit, who has since retired from competitive skating, was unavailable for comment.
Thank you for donating to DutchNews.nl
The DutchNews.nl team would like to thank all the generous readers who have made a donation in recent weeks. Your financial support has helped us to expand our coverage of the coronavirus crisis into the evenings and weekends and make sure you are kept up to date with the latest developments.
DutchNews.nl has been free for 14 years, but without the financial backing of our readers, we would not be able to provide you with fair and accurate news and features about all things Dutch. Your contributions make this possible.