[Dec 2] RGF "suspensions" model, used by the Swiss Federation, too
Nicki Boeschenstein and Patrick Dominguez, the 2 Swiss top athletes have been excluded from their team, the first one because he had drunk too much and came back at 8am after the banquet in Melbourne and the 2nd one because he did not follow his coach's indication during the competition (and also because he didn't show enough dedication during the Worlds preparation).
Their suspension from team will only end on 31 of January 2006 meaning that they will not receive any money from the federation during this time-which is like paying a fee of 7000 Swiss francs- and they won't be able to train in the National Center.
Plus, if they want to be accepted in the team again, they will have to sign a contract in which they have to write that:
1-they will obey their coach's instructions
2-they have to be a role model as elite athletes
3-they won't drink
4-they won't smoke, etc.
Boeschenstein and Dominguez think that sanctions are excessive. Boeschenstein recognized that he went to disco after the banquet and drank 2 beers and then came back to his hotel in a "delicate state". (He says that maybe someone gave him some drug!) Dominguez is thinking about competing for Spain where at least he could be free to light up a cigarette sometimes. (story: Boeschenstein et Dominguez suspendus)
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