Georgian athletes will wear black arm bands at Olympic opening ceremony

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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