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Rogge promises to prevent athletes death at Olympic games

2010-02-22 10:26 BJT

Special Report: 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games |


International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge is promising to prevent a repeat of the crash that killed an Olympic luger - and raised questions about safety of speed events.

Jacques Rogge, IOC President, said, "There is one thing that is certain: I will do everything in my power that this should not happen again in the future. What exactly, is something that has to be discussed on a technical level together with the International Federation. There are three parameters in that, that is the venue itself, that is the rules of competition - which include training, testing and so on, and there is a qualification standard and the quality of the athletes. And we have to find a balance between these three issues, so that this does not happen in the future anymore."

Jacques Rogge, left, President of the International Olympic Committee, stands during a moment of silence to honor the death of Georgian athlete Nodar Kumaritashvili durinthe opening ceremony of the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, British Columbia, Friday February 12, 2010. (AP Photo/Jim Young, Pool)
Jacques Rogge, left, President of the International Olympic
Committee, stands during a moment of silence to honor the
death of Georgian athlete Nodar Kumaritashvili durinthe opening
ceremony of the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver,
British Columbia, Friday February 12, 2010.
(AP Photo/Jim Young, Pool)