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Jacques Rogge: Death of luger will remain a legacy of Vancouver Games [updated]

February 25, 2010 | 11:26 am

International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge said Thursday the death of Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili will be one of the legacies of the Vancouver Games, similar to how the killing of Israeli athletes will forever be associated with the 1972 Munich Olympic Games.

Rogge said the death will forever cast a shadow over the Vancouver Games and urged organizers of the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia, to make sure the sliding track is safe.

In addition, Rogge said the IOC accepts "moral responsibility" but not legal responsibility for Kumaritashvili's death.

[UPDATED, 12:52 p.m.: For more on Rogge's comments, go here.]

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.