FIFA offers Kumaritaschwili tribute
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FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter has added to the chorus of condolences for the family and friends of Nodar Kumaritashvili, the Georgian luge racer who was killed last week during a training run at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver.

“On behalf of FIFA and the worldwide family of football, I wish to extend our deepest condolences to you, to everyone at the Georgian National Olympic Committee and, most importantly, to Nodar Kumaritashvili’s family, friends and loved ones,” the FIFA President said in a letter to the Georgian National Olympic Committee in Tblisi.

Today the wordwide football community stands by your side. We hope that in some way, our words of support may help bring a little peace and solace to you all.
FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter

Kumaritashvili, 21, was killed Friday when he lost control of his sled during a training run and was propelled off the course at great speed. Organisers of the Games in Vancouver have since taken steps to address concerns that the luge course was too dangerous, and the opening ceremonies of the Games were dedicated to the late Georgian athlete.

“Today the wordwide football community stands by your side. We hope that in some way, our words of support may help bring a little peace and solace to you all,” Blatter concluded.