German Stasi-linked coach Steuer arrives in Turin

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8 February 2006, TURIN, ITALY - Figure-skating coach Ingo Steuer trained on Wednesday with Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy for the Olympic pairs event in the host city of Turin amid further attempts by the German Olympic Committee to kick him out of the Games.

8 February 2006

TURIN, ITALY - Figure-skating coach Ingo Steuer trained on Wednesday with Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy for the Olympic pairs event in the host city of Turin amid further attempts by the German Olympic Committee to kick him out of the Games.

"It was a good practice. They are very strong," said Steuer after the session of the European Championship runners-up from January.

Steuer was originally dropped for the February 10-26 Games by the German Olympic Committee because documents said he worked for the East German secret police, the Stasi, from 1985-1989 and was paid for it.

But a Berlin court overruled the German Olympic Committee on Monday on formal grounds, saying that Steuer must be accredited for the games. He arrived with his athletes in Turin late Tuesday.

"No questions please. We have hardly been able to train," said Steuer on Wednesday on entering the arena.

Savchenko said: "I am optimistic even though everyone is trying to make us crazy."

However, it remains unclear whether Steuer will really be present when the Olympic pairs event starts on Saturday because the German OC on Wednesday said it will appeal the court ruling in Berlin - but not before the Court of Arbitration in Sport.

"We didn't want to bring him here. A German court forced us to take him," said German OC head Klaus Steinbach.

"In a matter of hours we will appeal the decision. The CAS is not the way to go. It can't overrule the decision of a German court. We will make the best efforts to ensure that the preparation of the athletes doesn't suffer," said Steinbach.

However, time is running out on the German OC.

"We have checked with the court and were told that the earliest slot is Friday," said Steinbach.

DPA

Subject: German news

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