Polish Olympic chief Nurowski dies in plane crash

Polish Olympic Committee head Piotr Nurowski has died in the

plane crash that killed President Lech Kaczynski. Nurowski was

64.

Poland’s Olympic Committee says Nurowski was flying to a

memorial service in the forest of Katyn, near Smolensk, to mark the

70th anniversary of the killing of thousands of Polish officers and

intellectuals by the Soviet secret security during World War

II.

There were no survivors when the plane crashed Saturday just off

Smolensk airport.

Nurowski was to lay a wreath to honor Poland’s sports people

killed in Katyn.

A former communist party member and embassy official in Moscow

from 1981-84, Nurowski was appointed to head the Olympic committee

in 2005.