This story is about as wild as it gets.
Seven-time breaststroking World Champion Oleg Lisogor 0f Ukraine has been caught up in a kidnapping case in the African country of Liberia this week, with media reports swirling and conflicting heavily about what happened.
Initial reports were that Lisogor and Mykola Cherneshov were arrested “on charges of kidnapping and felonious restraint” according to many publications like AllAfrica.com. They were accused of holding Ivan Slipchenk against his will in Nokia Building in Monrovia for 9 days. The alleged victim is said to have been found when he cut himself and used his blood to write on a window asking for help, which was seen by passers-by.
Lisogor has a business interest in many casinos in Monrovia.
According to another site, forUm, though, Lisogor has denied that he is under arrest or that any criminal proceedings are instituted against him, according to a government official who says that Lisogor denied any arrest to the Ukrainian consulate in Senegal, and also denied any help from Ukrainian diplomats.
While it is unlikely that the media totally fabricated the cited police reports, the exact details of the incident remain murky.
Lisogor won World Championships in the 50 breaststroke in 2001 and 2007 in long course, in 2002, 2006, and 2008 in short course, and also won the 2002 and 2006 World Short Course Championships. He was also a 19-time European Champion, and held the 50 breaststroke World Records in both short course and long course stunningly from 2002 until 2009.