MX23RW : Wednesday, November 14 01:18:24

German coach "fighting for life" in Rio

Germany's canoe slalom coach Stefan Heinze is left "fighting for his life" in Rio de Janeiro following a serious car crash.

Germany's canoe slalom coach Stefan Heinze is "fighting for his life" at a hospital in Rio de Janeiro following a serious car crash.

The 35-year-old was returning to the Olympic Village in a taxi on Friday when the vehicle crashed, leaving him with "serious head injuries" that required emergency surgery.

In a statement, the German Olympic Association (DOSB) said: "According to the doctors his head injuries are life-threatening. After determining the severity of injuries, he was transferred to a hospital with a special neurosurgical department and had emergency surgery there immediately."

A colleague, Christian Kading, was travelling with Heinze at the time of the incident and was treated for minor injuries.

The crash was the second of its kind on Friday, after a media bus carrying journalists scraped another bus earlier in the day.


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