Court orders former javelin world champion to rehab

Andrus Värnik (Postimees/Scanpix)
12/2/2014 1:51 PM
Category: Sports

Andrus Värnik, a thrower known more recently for his off-the-field exploits, escaped jail time over a probation violation but will have to get treatment for an alcohol problem, Harju County Court decided.

Värnik, 37, whose two-year suspended sentence stemmed from a domestic abuse charge, showed up at a court hearing on November 19 allegedly intoxicated in what would be a violation of the terms of the probation.

The court today added a month to Värnik's probation, meaning it will end on March 26, 2017, and said he had to report to a psychiatrist by December 19 and continue to abstain from drugs and alcohol.

The court said Värnik had indicated willingness to seek professional help.

Värnik is the Estonian record holder in the javelin (87.83 meters) and won a gold medal in international competition in 2005. His problems with the law over alcohol and behavior started in 2010 with a drunk driving charge.


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