What we do know is that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and a group of his closest friends — the Daily Mail estimates more than 100, including former Blues boss and current Russia manager Guus Hiddink — were in Tanzania last week to push themselves to their limits by climbing Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro.
This is when the stories start to diverge. According to reports, Roman Abramovich and his colleagues had to leave the journey due to lung issues. This is denied by a club representative.
“During his recent journey to Mount Kilimanjaro, Roman Abramovich did not collapse, experience respiratory issues, altitude sickness, or require medical assistance,” the spokesman stated. “The trip was well-prepared, and those who wished to reach the peak were able to do so without problem.”
It only goes to prove that money can’t buy you everything: here’s businessman Roman Abramovich on his way down from Mount Kilimanjaro after failing to climb it.
Before reaching the 19,330ft peak, the rich Chelsea owner turned around.
British climber Nick Macgregor, who was raising money for Diabetes UK, took a photo of him on his way down.
“It’s not every day you encounter a man like Roman, much alone while you’re climbing Kilimanjaro,” the 34-year-old from Morpeth, Northumberland, remarked.
A spokeswoman for Abramovich denied that the Russian, who is shown second from the front, was dissatisfied that he did not reach the summit of the Tanzanian mountain.
He stated, ” “He did participate in the eight-day journey. Those who desired to reach the peak succeeded, but those who did not did not.
“Mr. Abramovich arrived at the last base camp and decided to return and descend.
“He wasn’t affected by altitude sickness.”
Chelsea Football Club Denies the allegations of the failed Kilimanjaro Ascent by Abramovich
Chelsea, an English football club based in London, United Kingdom has denied reports that its billionaire owner Roman Abramovich collapsed while attempting to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.
Abramovich allegedly had respiratory issues during a botched effort to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania last week.
Chelsea, on the other hand, has stated that Abramovich did not require medical treatment and that their former interim coach Guus Hiddink was not part of the excursion, which they claim was well-prepared and organized.
‘Roman Abramovich did not collapse, experience respiratory issues, altitude sickness, or require medical assistance during his recent vacation to Mount Kilimanjaro,’ a Chelsea official stated.
‘The trip was well-prepared, and those who wished to reach the peak were able to do so without problem.’
Moreover, despite allegations to the contrary, Guus Hiddink was not a member of the expedition because he was in the United Kingdom helping the Russian national football team to win over Wales.’
Chelsea replied after allegations surfaced that Abramovich and a group of six friends were having difficulties climbing Africa’s tallest peak.
They allegedly did not adequately prepare for the altitude, and the excursion was forced to be canceled at 15,100 feet after Abramovich developed signs of altitude sickness and required medical assistance.
It was also alleged that Abramovich’s party did not go through the standard seven-day acclimatization routine to adjust to the environment and low air pressure.
Hiddink was also allegedly engaged in the effort to ascend the ‘Roof of Africa,’ but Chelsea have since categorically refuted these charges.
Chelsea Flag Will Fly On Mount Kilimanjaro Summit For Charity
In other related news, Amanda Pesqueira, a friend of the site, will be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania for charity with Clive Osgood to raise money for many causes, including Right to Play and the International Association for Suicide Prevention.
Roman Abramovich to sell Chelsea FC as pressure builds on wealthy Russians
After 19 years of ownership, Roman Abramovich has put Chelsea on the market, canceling a £1.5 billion debt and promising to donate the earnings to victims of the Ukraine war.
“This has been a very difficult choice to make, and it pains me to part with the club in this manner,” the Russian-Israeli billionaire said on Wednesday, adding that the move was “in the best interest of the club.”
The decision to sell Chelsea came just hours after Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer urged for punishment against Abramovich from the government.
He stated, “We must stand up to Putin and those who support his tyranny.” “Because of his ties to the Russian state and his public affiliation with corrupt activities and practices, he’s a person of interest to the Home Office.”
“Last Monday, Prime Minister David Cameron announced that Abramovich would face sanctions. He later clarified on the record that he is not. “Well, why isn’t he here?”
Because of their ties to Vladimir Putin’s administration, pressure is mounting on wealthy Russians with considerable assets in the West.
Since 2003, Abramovich has been the owner of Chelsea, making him a household figure in English football and beyond.
Abramovich stated that the sale would not be expedited and that he would not seek repayment of any personal debts he provided to the club, which totaled over £1.5 billion according to the most current paperwork.
“I’ve asked my staff to establish a philanthropic foundation to which all net earnings from the sale will be given,” added Abramovich. “All victims of the Ukrainian war will benefit from the foundation.” This involves giving crucial cash for victims’ immediate and urgent needs, as well as helping long-term healing efforts.”
Merchant bank advisors Raine is in communication with billionaires and other affluent individuals in the United States and internationally to assess interest in purchasing the Premier League team, according to various people with firsthand knowledge of the situation.
As pressure mounts on the tycoon following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Abramovich is attempting to sell a £100 million-plus London property, placing some of the city’s most valuable properties on the market.
Wealthy purchasers have been brought for viewings at 16 Kensington Palace Gardens, a Grade II-listed property on Crown Estate land near embassies and the residences of fellow billionaires, according to multiple sources familiar with the subject.
Abramovich is said to have paid £90 million for the property in 2011 and has spent tens of millions more on renovations. He also has a Chelsea apartment on the Thames.
Labour MP Chris Bryant said in the House of Commons on Tuesday that Abramovich was considering selling both of his London residences.
He also stated that deals may be completed in the coming days and encouraged the UK government to move faster on oligarch sanctions.
Because of the uncertainty around prospective sanctions, a number of people who deal with rich customers have thrown doubt on the chances of a quick sale of Chelsea or the London estate.
Abramovich’s ownership might dissuade potential purchasers as well as estate agents and attorneys who have been required to comply with a tighter due diligence procedure in recent years.
“You can’t simply magically find a buyer in a few days for something like this,” Roarie Scarisbrick, a Property Vision buyer, said.
Abramovich “would have to navigate through all the procedures and the new sanctions that have come out in order to sell,” according to James Forbes, a director at high-end estate brokerage Forbes Gilbert-Green. We have to go via an anti-money laundering and compliance team. Without going through all of that, no one would be able to sell it.”
For years, buyers have been circling Chelsea. After a series of inquiries, Raine was appointed to assist value the club in 2018.
Through June 2021, Abramovich’s Fordstam business, through which he owns Chelsea, had accrued losses of about £1.1 billion. Fordstam is about £1.5 billion in debt because to Abramovich’s loans.