Rogge shaken by death at Games

By ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency



WHISTLER — A shaken IOC president Jacques Rogge reacted to the death of Georgia luger Nodar Kumaritashvili.

“The IOC is in deep mourning,” Rogge told a packed press conference Friday. “Here you have a young athlete who lost a life pursuing his passion. He trained hard and had this fatal accident. I have no words to say how I feel.”

Rogge said the death is under investigation and no decision has been made on whether the luge competition will begin as scheduled Saturday.

When asked about concerns about the safety of the track and the lack of access athletes from around the world have had to it leading up to the Games, Rogge ended his brief meeting with the media.

“I would be ready to deliberate that with you at the proper time,” Rogge said. “I’m sorry. This is the time for sorrow. It is not the time to look for reasons.”

VANOC chairman John Furlong also expressed sorrow.

“We are heartbroken beyond words to be sitting here,” Furlong said. “He came to Canada with hopes and dreams this would be a magnificent occasion in his life. He came here to feel what it is like to call yourself an Olympian.”

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