Published: Tue, August 22, 2017
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

Bus carrying SEA Games players caught in accident

Bus carrying SEA Games players caught in accident

Today's squash matches have been temporarily suspended at the SEA Games, after global competitors were hurt when the bus they were traveling in this morning was involved in an accident with another bus.

Two buses carrying 28 squash players from Myanmar, Philippines and Thailand collided en route to the National Squash Centre in Bukit Jalil from Putrajaya.

The Thai and Philippines' squash teams were shaken but otherwise unhurt following the crash but a couple of Myanmar players were sent to the National Sports Institute (NSI) for treatment.

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"We are relieved to learn that some of the athletes and officials have been cleared to compete by their own team doctor after undergoing medical examination".

"We also had a police escort and everything seemed fine until the second bus hit us strongly from behind".

Monday's squash matches for the men's doubles, women's doubles and mixed doubles have been temporarily suspended.

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"We're putting the competition on hold until the players get medical clearance to play", said SEA Games squash technical officer K. Sivanesan.

The team managers agreed to resume competition in the evening with all matches scheduled for Monday to be completed as soon as practical while the start of Tuesday's is to be pushed back by an hour. She added that the accident was being investigated by police.

Last Thursday, the driver from Myanmar's women's football team was arrested for stealing a player's watch and for driving without a license.

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This wasn't SEA Games' first transportation incident.

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