IOC studies report into luge death

Reuters - Mon, 12 Apr 13:23:00 2010

Olympic officials have started studying an International Luge Federation report into the death of Georgian athlete Nodar Kumaritashvili, who was killed during a training run at the Vancouver Olympics.

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"We have received the report (from the FIL) this morning and are looking into the findings," an IOC official told Reuters on Monday.

The official did not give any details on the content of the FIL's final report or what were identified as the reasons for the fatal crash, the first in the sport since 1975.

"We will not be making a full response until the report is published next Monday," the official said.

Kumaritashvili slammed into an exposed steel pillar during his last training run at the Whistler Sliding Centre on February 12, hours before the Games' opening ceremony.

An initial FIL report a day after the crash put the blame on human error by the 21-year-old and the Olympic competitions went ahead, although the starting spot was lowered to reduce the speed of the fast track and a wall was erected to cover the pillars.

The IOC has said it had a moral responsibility but not a legal one, with the federation and organisers responsible for the construction of the track and the staging of competitions.

Reuters

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