Bobsleigher nearly dies from wood in buttock

Three Canadian bobsleighers are recovering in hospital after a brutal World Cup training crash in Altenberg in the German state of Saxony that briefly left one of them fighting for his life.

Bobsleigher nearly dies from wood in buttock
Photo: DPA

One of the four-man crew was able to walk away from the crash Thursday, but pilot Chris Spring ended up with a piece of wood in his buttock, losing so much blood that he nearly died, according to the Vancouver Sun newspaper.

Two teammates were also hurt – one with severe bruising and the other with serious leg injuries, the Sun reported. All were airlifted to a local hospital.

According to the newspaper, the wood is believed to have come from a crash barrier that the team smashed into, apparently because of a steering error.

The AFP news agency reported Friday afternoon that at least one of the injured was due to be released soon.

Altenberg, located in Saxony state, is reputed to have among the most difficult bobsleigh tracks in the world. It is one of the key competition spots on this year’s World Cup circuit.

The Local/AFP/mdm

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German football club ends partnership with Russia’s Gazprom

German football club Schalke 04 announced Monday it had prematurely ended its partnership with Russian gas giant Gazprom following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

German football club ends partnership with Russia's Gazprom

The deal between the second-tier German club and Gazprom had been due to run until 2025 with Schalke receiving around €9 million ($10 million) per year in sponsorship.

Had the Gelsenkirchen-based club won promotion back to the Bundesliga at the end of this season, the sponsorship figure would have risen to €15 million annually.

Schalke had already removed the Gazprom logo from their shirts for Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Karlsruhe.

In a statement, Schalke said their finances were “unaffected by this decision”.

“The club’s management is confident that it will be able to present a new partner in the near future.”

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Gazprom representative Matthias Warnig resigned from the club’s supervisory board last Thursday.

Hans-Joachim Watzke, interim president of the German Football Association (DFB), had already hinted there could be financial aid for Schalke if they split from Gazprom.

“If this requires the solidarity of other clubs in Germany to get them out of this situation, then we have to discuss how we can manage that,” Watzke told ZDF.

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