Swedish speedway driver 'wants to be a Pole'
AFP/The Local · 26 Sep 2008, 10:18
Published: 26 Sep 2008 10:18 GMT+02:00
"I've have enough of Sweden. I want to be a Pole," Jonsson was quoted as saying Thursday by Poland's PAP news agency.
Jonsson, 28, is a star in Poland, where speedway is highly popular, and rides for the Polonia Bydgoszcz team.
"I've already filled in the application for Polish citizenship. I have my base in Bydgoszcz, and also have a home there," he said.
"I'm fed up with Svemo," the Swedish motorcycling federation, he added.
"I won't be representing them anymore and I won't be going to the finals of individual championships next year," he said.
The root of the spat between Jonsson and Svemo is a 1,000 kronor ($ 12) fine he received for pulling out of last month's Swedish championships.
At the time, Jonsson cited concerns about the rain-soaked track. PAP said Thursday that he had again criticized Svemo for allegedly sidelining riders' safety worries.