WAITING GAME: Bundaberg's Michelle Steele will have to wait and see if a travel ban to Russia is implemented after two suicide bombings rocked the Olympics host nation. (AAP Photo/The Canadian Press, Larry MacDougal)
WAITING GAME: Bundaberg's Michelle Steele will have to wait and see if a travel ban to Russia is implemented after two suicide bombings rocked the Olympics host nation. (AAP Photo/The Canadian Press, Larry MacDougal) Larry MacDougal

Possible travel ban could halt Steele’s charge to Sochi

BUNDABERG'S Michelle Steele is on track to secure a place in the winter Olympics team, but the twin suicide bombings have put the Australian team's participation in doubt.

Two bombings in Volgograd in Southern Russia have raised safety concerns, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop told the Australian the decision to prevent Australians from competing would not be made straight away.

"We don't want to lightly prevent our athletes participating in any event for which they have trained for years, but the safety and the safety of their families and other spectators is of the utmost concern," Ms Bishop said.

Australian athletes said they were undeterred by the bombings and would continue to train for the February 7 start of the games.


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