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Luna Rossa may pull out of America's Cup

'We need assurances' after Briton killed says Prada boss

Luna Rossa may pull out of America's Cup

Rome, May 10 - Italian challenger Luna Rossa may pull out of the America's Cup following the death in a training accident of British Olympic champion Andrew Simpson, team boss and Prada CEO Patrizio Bertelli said Friday. "They have to give us assurances to guarantee the challenge, otherwise nothing," said Bertelli after Simpson was killed when the catamaran he was aboard capsized during training in San Francisco for the world's oldest sporting event. "The team is free to choose whether to continue or not but we need guarantees in an extreme sport," Bertelli told ANSA. Simpson, 36, won gold in the Star class with Iain Percy at the 2008 Olympics and silver at last year's Games. Known as Bart, he was killed when the catamaran he was aboard capsized during training for the America's Cup. Simpson was one of an 11-man crew on board Swedish challenger Artemis in San Francisco Bay. He was trapped underneath when it capsized and did not respond to efforts to revive him. America's Cup CEO Stephen Barclay said he would wait for full details of the accident before deciding whether changes should be made to the race, which has an opening ceremony on 4 July.

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