Germany canoe slalom coach Stefan Henze remains in a critical condition after a car crash near the Rio Olympic ParkA�on Friday morning,A�team officials said on Saturday.
The 35-year-old Henze, a canoeing silver medallist at the Athens 2004 Olympics,A�suffered head injuries when a taxi he was in with a team-mate crashed head on into a concrete barrier.
“There have been no changes to the situation in the last twelve hours which means that he has very, very serious injuries, and his condition is life-threatening,” team doctor Bernd Wolfahrt told reporters. “This can be clearly said.
“But out of respect to Stefan Henze and his family we will not make any unnecessary speculations. We are waiting for the relatives to get here.”
The other passenger in the car at the time of the accident, sports scientist Christian KA�ding, was lightly injured and was treated in hospital, but then released.
Henze was admitted to hospital for emergency treatment, and was then transferred to another hospital, where he was operated on.
“Of course the whole team has been affected by this terrible accident and the serious injuries sustained by Stefan Henze,” said German team chief Michael Vesper.
“Everyone is shocked and we are all praying and hoping that he can get better soon,” he added.
Security and traffic have been a main concern for teams at the Games and several official Olympic buses have been involved in road accidents.