PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) – Former Olympic and world champion Sandra Kiriasis on Thursday blamed her sudden departure as coach of the Jamaican ladies’s bobsleigh team to an inexplicable demotion by team officers that she couldn’t have accepted.
The German was making ready for Jamaica’s first feminine bobsled look at an Olympics however her Pyeongchang Games journey was lower brief on Wednesday earlier than the team even acquired to compete.
The Jamaican bobsleigh federation president Christian Stokes mentioned Kiriasis had been “a destructive force on the team” however the 43-year-old rejected the allegations and mentioned she had been instantly demoted to a place because the team’s observe analyst.
“Without giving any reasons I was told out of the blue that with immediate effect I should work only as a track and performance analyst, would have to leave the Olympic village, would lose my accreditation as part of the Jamaican team and was not supposed to have any more contact with the athletes,” she mentioned in a press release on Facebook.
She mentioned the choice to demote her comes after she had supported the team “beyond the call of duty”, getting sponsors and tools and even rented a sled on the German observe of Winterberg for the athletes to take to Pyeongchang and compete in.
“Naturally I cannot accept to be treated the way I have been treated,” she mentioned.
“I still do not know the reasons behind the decision of Jamaican Bobsleigh Federation and certainly will not allow to be used as the puppet on a string by the federation which have also saved a lot of money due to my commitment and contacts.”
The acrimonious break up was actually not a part of the script that has captured international consideration because the Jamaican ladies have been inextricably linked with their males’s team’s look on the 1988 Games, which impressed the profitable film “Cool Runnings”.
Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian and Carrie Russell will develop into Jamaica’s first feminine Winter Olympians subsequent week. Training begins on Saturday with the opening heats on Tuesday.
“Fact is that I have not abandoned the team but have chosen not to continue due to the unacceptable conditions offered by the federation without any explanation and which would have forced me to sacrifice my reputation and my professionalism,” Kiriasis mentioned.
(This story has been refiled to repair typo in headline)
Editing by Greg Stutchbury