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13 Feb 2014
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IOC statement on accident at bobsleigh track

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has been in contact with the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee for details about an accident that occurred today during bobsleigh training in the mountain cluster.

The accident involved an icemaker, who was struck by a forerunner bob near the braking zone after a warning signal had been given to clear the track. Further information to follow.

Upon hearing of the accident, IOC President Thomas Bach told reporters during a tour of the Main Media Centre: “We have just been informed that there was an accident near the braking zone, and that a worker was hit. It is unclear why he was in this zone or what exactly happened. The information we have so far is that he suffered two compound fractures in the legs, but arrived conscious at the hospital. We are continuing to monitor the situation. Our Medical Director is getting in touch with the medical services; we’ve been in touch with the Organising Committee and the International Federation; but so far we do not have any further information.”

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