U.S. luge boss blasts Canada

By ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency

WHISTLER, B.C. — If Canadian officials hoped criticism of the tragic luge death that tainted the start of the Games would fade, they were sadly mistaken.

Instead, it’s getting louder.

The head of the U.S. luge federation fired sharp criticism of the fact that Canadians restricted training time of athletes from around the world, a policy that has become a full-blown controversy since the death of young Georgian athlete Nodar Kumaritashvili.

“I understand that countries want to win, but please justify to me why you wouldn’t let the Georgians train,” Ron Rossi said, referring to the restrictive policies Canadians used prior to the Games.

“Lots of drivers make errors, but they don’t come flying out of the track. (Officials) need to be asking questions about the lack training time and the lack of track designer accountability.

“I’m going to propose rule changes so there is more training time for all.”

Australian luger Hannah Campbell-Pegg was worried about the track prior to the Olympic competition and is sickened by it now.

“It’s such a tragedy this happened,” Campbell-Pegg told the Herald-Sun in her homeland. “They had to push the envelope and it’s so unfortunate something like this had to happen for them to wake up and realize it’s not a game.

“It’s absolutely terrible that someone had to die for people to start asking questions. “It could have been avoided if they let us all do more training runs.”

Canadian officials have denied any wrongdoing, claiming their policies are no different than any other nation.

rob.longley@sunmedia.ca

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