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09 Aug 2008
IOC News , Beijing 2008 , Press Release

IOC Statement on incident today in Beijing

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is deeply saddened to learn of a tragic incident which occurred earlier today involving two relatives of a coach for the United States Olympic Men's Indoor Volleyball Team.
The United States Olympic Committee has confirmed that while visiting the Drum Tower tourist site in Beijing, near the Forbidden City, two family members were subjected to a violent attack. One person was killed and the other seriously injured. It is understood at this time that a lone assailant was responsible, who shortly afterwards committed suicide.
The IOC would like to extend sincere condolences to the family and teammates of those involved, and to all members of the US delegation.

The IOC will provide whatever assistance is required, and is in close contact with the US Olympic Committee.  The IOC is also working closely with  the  Chinese authorities to obtain information on this incident as soon as possible.

IOC contacts in Beijing:
Emmanuelle Moreau - Media Relations Manager -   +86 158 1155 1830
Sandrine Tonge - Media Relations Coordinator -    +86 135 5217 5720
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