13 Apr 2010

-IOC receives final report on Georgian luger's death

12:46 pm on 13 April 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.

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

He says there'll be no full response until the report is published in a week.

Kumaritashvili hit an exposed steel pillar during his last training run at the Whistler Sliding Centre just hours before the Games' opening ceremony.

An initial 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.