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The casket with the body of Nodar Kumaritashvili, the Georgian luger killed in a practice run at the Olympics, is carried near his home in Bakuriani, Georgia, on Feb. 17. (Shakh Aivazov/Associated Press)

The International Luge Federation has set up a donation campaign to help the family of Nodar Kumaritashvili, the Georgian luger who was killed in a training crash hours before the opening of the Vancouver Olympics.

According to the president of the Georgian luge federation, "the family is in urgent need of financial support."

The international luge body says it has already sent $13,675 US to the family.