No one reason for Kumaritashvili's death, Fil report will say
THE official investigation into the death of Georgian luge slider Nodar Kumaritashvili at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver will find no one reason for the fatal crash.
INCONCLUSIVE: The report from the official investigation into the death of Georgian luge slider Nodar Kumaritashvili will not show that there is one main reason for the accident (Getty Images)
Secretary of the International Luge Federation, Svein Romstad revealed on Wednesday that the report by the sport's governing body is set to conclude that the 90mph accident was unforeseeable.
Kumaritashvili's death on the eve of the Vancouver Games had prompted suggestions the Whistler Sliding Centre track - the fastest in the world - was unsafe and alterations were subsequently made to the course.
But Romstad insists the accident could not be put down to one, single cause.
Instead he claimed what happened was 'an amalgamation of a lot of different things'.
Kumaritashvili became the first athlete to be killed at the Winter Olympics since 1992 after he was thrown off his sled and into a trackside steel pole.
The Fil reopened the track the following day and made their announcement that the luge competition would not be postponed, just hours after the accident.
The course was however made slower by adjusting the positions of the starting houses, while the steel poles were padded and a new barrier wall was positioned in the closing straight - the section of the track at which Kumaritashvili crashed.
The FIl initially judged that Kumaritashvili's death was as a result of athlete error, however he was not the only luge slider to struggle with the track in training.
He had taken 26 practice runs at Whistler with 16 starting from the top and had crashed four times while Italy's Armin Zoeggler, a double Olympic champion, also suffered a nasty spill.
Kumaritashvili's family blamed the design of the $110 million track that was intended to allow top speeds of 85 mph.
"They tested that track on my son," said his father, David Kumaritashvili in February.
"My son was training since he was 14, he ran tracks in France, Austria and Canada, and he never suffered an injury.
"He has passed through all stages of the World Cup and made it to the Olympics. He couldn't have done that if he were an inexperienced athlete. Anyone can make mistake and break a leg or suffer some other injury. But to die!"
Romstad, along with Fil vice president Claire DelNegro, will present the report to senior colleagues for approval at scheduled meetings this weekend near Salzburg, Austria.
On Monday, Romstad, DelNegro and Fil president Josef Fendt will deliver their document to International Olympic Committee headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland.
No date has been fixed to publish the report, which will be forwarded to the coroner's office in British Columbia as part of its investigation into the circumstances of Kumaritashvili's death.
The coroner's office report is expected next month.