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Former head of Salzburg 2014 bid defends decision to step down

Former head of Salzburg 2014 bid defends decision to step down

The former head of Salzburg's bid for the 2014 Winter Olympics has defended his decision to resign, saying he would "pay the price" if he didn't deal with his health problems.
"I only had two options left: Either I finally start taking care of myself, or I continue with what I've been doing and will pay the price," Fedor Radmann said in an interview with Austrian television late Sunday.
Radmann, 62, unexpectedly stepped down as chief executive of the bid on Jan. 22, citing unspecified health problems. His announcement came less than six months before the IOC votes on the host city in Guatemala City on July 4.
Salzburg is competing against Pyeongchang, South Korea, and Sochi, Russia.
Radmann again did not specify what type of ailment he had, acknowledging only that he should have taken more time off after the World Cup in Germany last summer.
"In the past, I often didn't listen to doctors or to my body," he said.
Former ski great Franz Klammer _ the 1976 Olympic gold medalist in the downhill _ was chosen to lead Salzburg's effort as "chairman international" of the campaign. He formally accepted the role on Friday.
In the interview, Radmann also rejected speculation that there may have been other reasons for his decision to leave, including possible links to Sochi and its main sponsor, the Russian state-owned oil giant Gazprom.
Radmann said he had never been contacted by Gazprom and ruled out working for the Russian bid in the future.
Radmann said Salzburg's bid was "excellent" and welcomed Klammer as his replacement.
"He has a clean image and comes across in a likable way," Radmann said.
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Updated : 2021-05-08 01:40 GMT+08:00