Changes to Olympics Training Must be Made, Say EOC Heads ({{commentsTotal}})

A in-depth analysis must be made of the failure at the Sochi games, where only four Estonian athletes placed in the top 30, said the Estonian Olympic Committee's (EOC) Secretary General Siim Sukles.

“It is clear that an athlete is on the competition track, but how an athlete gets there, that must be reviewed. It is sensible that we sit down with the three winter sports federations and they will forward us their analysis by the beginning of April, then we will know what the biggest problems are in the four-year cycle,” Sukles said, speaking on ETV's “Terevisioon” program on Tuesday.

Speaking about Slovenia, which won medals in five fields with a similar population to Estonia, Sukles said the difference has its origin 20 years ago when the nation did not privatize state companies which sponsored athletes. Estonia went a different direction in the beginning of the 1990s, Sukles said.

He said more funds must be found for training camps and support staff.

The head of the EOC, Neinar Seli, said money equals results in sports, and Estonia has recently curbed sponsorship opportunities of state-owned enterprises, including that of the Seli-led Port of Tallinn.

He told Postimees that all sports federations in Estonia are responsible for the nation's worst performance at an Olympic games in decades, and a consensus must be reached on what needs to be changed.