President Miloš Zeman said on Friday after meeting with three-time Olympic gold medal winner in speed skating Martina Sáblíková that he had written a letter to the president of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, asking for her to be given a wild card entry. Weeks before the start of the summer games, the athlete and her coach were stunned to learn that she was not listed among competitors who qualified for the road cycling event, apparently due to a mistaken understanding of the rules by the Czech Cycling Association. Sáblíková had been training intensively for the Rio games, assured she had qualified for a spot.
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