Veteran Austrian skier Karl Schranz was barred on Monday (31 January) from taking part in the Sapporo Winter Olympic Games -- scheduled to open on Thursday (3 February) -- for allegedly involvement in commercial advertising.
GTV Ski slopes
SV H.Duvillard (France) start run downhill
SV Proell (Austria) leave start in women's event
SV Schranz in group to ski lift (SOF OVER)
SV Other skiers enter ski lift
GV Ski lift up towards mountain
CU Schranz in lift
SV Skiers leave lift
SCU PAN Schranz preparing to start
LV PAN Competitor don hill
GV Schranz downhill & finishing
SV Schranz in group (SOF OVER) "I'm pleased with my practice run" (2 shots)
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Background: Veteran Austrian skier Karl Schranz was barred on Monday (31 January) from taking part in the Sapporo Winter Olympic Games -- scheduled to open on Thursday (3 February) -- for allegedly involvement in commercial advertising.
Schranz was practicing on the downhill course at Mount Eniwa when his disqualification was announced. He refused to speak to newsmen, saying I'm practicing, don't talk to me". He later said he was pleased with his run.
The Austrian, who won the World Ski Cup in 1969 and 1970, was considered one of the favourites in the downhill race scheduled for the 6th of February. His term has withdrawn from the Games.
SYNOPSIS: Sapporo -- the Japanese site of this year's Winter Olympics -- was the centre of fierce speculation on Monday after the announcement that the veteran Austrian skier Karl Schranz was to be banned from competing. The International Olympic Committee, headed by Mr Avery Brundage, rejected the Alpine skier for allegedly taking part in commercial advertising. Schranz heard the news as he turned out for practices early on Monday.
There had been widespread rumours for days before that Schranz was on Mr. Brundage's blacklist for disqualification, although the skier had been confident of his eligibility since his arrival in Sapporo. The Olympic Committee's move came as a big surprise, and left many sports experts wondering why Schranz had been singled out. Mr Brundage, however, refused to answer any direct questions on the mater.
Schranz won the coveted World Cup in 1969 and in 1970, but has yet to gain an Olympic gold medal. He was strong favourite for this year's downhill event, and the news of his disqualification came as a blow to the Austrian team's chances.
Because of the ban on Schranz the Austrian team has officially withdrawn from the Games.