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Germany canoe slalom coach Henze dies from injuries

Wednesday, August 17 2016 by SNTV
  • The DOSB (German Olympic Sports Confederation) have confirmed the death of German canoe slalom coach Stefan Henze, in a statement. henze passed away on Monday (15th August), after sustaining head injuries last week in a car crash in Rio de Janeiro.

    Germany's canoe slalom coach Stefan Henze has died as a result of the head injuries he sustained in a car crash in Rio de Janeiro on Friday morning,

    Henze had been in a Rio hospital since having emergency surgery following a taxi accident on Friday. He died surrounded by his family, the team said.

    SOUNDBITE (German) Ulrike Spitz, DOSB media officer / spokeswoman:

    "We didn't celebrate here yesterday evening. I think people understand this. However, we still want to continue to salute yesterday's performances (of the athletes in their competitions). This is as a mark of respect to the relatives of Stefan Henze and to the canoe federation. The federation confirmed to us that it is also to honour the memory of Stefan Henze."

    Henze, who was 35, won a silver medal in canoe slalom at the 2004 Athens Games, Sports scientist Christian Kaeding was in the taxi with Henze but had suffrered minor injuries.

    SOUNDBITE (German) Ulrike Spitz, DOSB media officer / spokeswoman:

    "Yesterday was a very difficult day for all of us. It was not a day to celebrate, so we didn't celebrate here at the German House. We have set up a book of condolences for Stefan Henze for everyone who would like to write something down. And also a quick word on the flags: today, all german flags will be set at half-mast. This is technically not possible here at the German House, so that is why we have installed a black ribbon (note: at the german flag outside) as a sign of mourning."

    Members of the German team will commemorate Henze's death later on Tuesday in the Olympic Village and Germany's flag will be flown at half-staff at all Olympic sites in Rio. A book of condolences has also been set up at German House in Rio for those who want to pay their respects.

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