Family of late Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili receive Medal of Honour in Canada

  • Kumaritashvili, 21, was on his final official training at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics when the fatality took place. His luge flipped and he flew off the track at a speed of 145 kilometres an hour.  Athlete died due to severe head injury. Photo: Foreign Ministry Strategic Communication Service, 3 Aug 2022 - 17:35, Tbilisi,Georgia

The family of the Georgian Olympic luger Nodar Kumaritashvili, who died in a tragic incident at the 2020 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, has received a Medal of Honour in Canada, Georgian media outlets reported on Wednesday.

The award ceremony was held at the initiative of Canada’s Georgian Diaspora and the Georgian Foreign Ministry.

Nodar Kumaritashvili's family attending the ceremony. Photo: Foreign Ministry Strategic Communication Service 

Kumaritashvili was just 21 years old when he died.

The young athlete was on his final official training run when he lost control at high speed and crashed into a steel pole at 143.3 km per hour.

In 2020, A memorial bench was unveiled in Vancouver’s Stanley Park to honor the memory of Georgian athlete.