Georgian athletes will wear black arm bands at Olympic opening ceremony

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The Georgian national Olympic committee and its athletes have announced that they will wear black arm bands in tonight's opening ceremony for the 2010 Games.

A black patch will fly on the Georgian flag, and the Canadian and Olympic flags will be flown at half-mast.

This comes after Georgian luge competitor Nodar Kumaritashvili died in a training accident  at the  Whistler Sliding Centre  shortly before the Olympics began. Vanoc CEO John Furlong will honor the deceased athlete during the opening cermony, according to a statement issued by the organizing committee.

The B.C. Coroners Service and the RCMP are leading the investigation into Kumaritashvili's death.    

The  International Luge Federation is conducting a  second investigation.  


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