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Report Calls Georgian Luger's Death Accident


A memorial to luger Nodar Kumaritashvili at the Winter Olympics in Whistler

A memorial to luger Nodar Kumaritashvili at the Winter Olympics in Whistler

A report from the British Columbia Coroners Service says that a "relative lack of experience" played a significant role in the death of a Georgian luger during a training run hours before the start of the Vancouver Olympics.

The report, released 235 days after the fatal crash, also ruled that the death of Nodar Kumaritashvili was accidental.

It said further investigations into the fatal crash were not needed, but recommended a "comprehensive safety audit" of the track where it occurred.

On February 12, just hours before the opening ceremony for the Vancouver Olympics, Kumaritashvili, 21, was completing a training run when he lost control and crashed into a wall at a speed of 145 kilometers per hour.

His death was the first fatality on a sanctioned luge track in nearly 35 years.

The accident sparked controversy, as several other athletes had earlier expressed concern about the speeds being reached on the track.

Kumaritashvili's father, David Kumaritashvili, immediately rejected the report, saying that his son would not have made it to the Olympics if he lacked expertise.

He added that no athlete's mistake should lead to death.

compiled from agency reports
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