Officials conclude threat against European athletes was a hoax

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Associated Press

Posted on January 22, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 22 at 12:37 PM

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Officials in Europe say an email sent to Olympic committees in several countries, threatening Olympic delegations and athletes with terrorist attacks at the games in Russia next month, is a hoax.

A spokesman for Austria's National Olympic Committee says officials have seen the message before. He says it comes from someone in Israel who "has been active with various threats for a few years."

Hungarian sports officials, who first reported the email, say they've received assurances from Olympic organizers that the threat has no merit. They say their athletes will still take part in the games.

Olympic committees from several countries, including Germany and Britain, said they'd received a similar message.

The head of Hungary's Olympic committee had told a sports daily that the message included threats about a terrorist attack in Sochi, and urged the Hungarian delegation to stay away from the games.

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