Russia promises a safe luge track for Sochi games

The Russian Cabinet member responsible for preparations for the

2014 Sochi Games has reassured visiting International Olympic

Committee officials that the luge and bobsled track will be

safe.

Russia is anxious to ease concerns following the death of a

Georgian luger on a practice run during the Vancouver Games in

February.

Dmitry Kozak says an Austrian company hired to study the

blueprints has confirmed that the track conforms to safety

standards. But changes can still be made once construction begins

if experts consider them necessary.

Kozak spoke Thursday as an IOC commission wrapped up its first

inspection tour since the Vancouver Olympics. The commission’s

chairman said Wednesday they were “on most accounts very

satisfied” with the preparations.