PETALING JAYA, Aug 21 – All suspended squash games at the SEA Games which don’t involve injured players will be held from 3pm today. The Malaysia Organising Committee (Masoc) said an urgent meeting was held with the team managers and the teams had agreed to proceed with their matches.
Masoc expressed regret that an accident occurred this morning which involved two buses carrying squash athletes and officials to their venue at KL Sports City. “The athletes involved in this unfortunate accident were from Myanmar, the Philippines and Thailand,” said MASOC Sports and Technical committee secretary Datuk Low Beng Choo in a statement today.
“The Masoc Medical Committee is attending to the medical situation, some of the affected athletes/officials are being attended to at the Games Medical Centre (GMC). 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.
“All matches this morning have been suspended. An urgent Team Managers meeting is being convened at 2pm to discuss the way forward and agree on a revised competition schedule. It is expected that matches that do not involve any affected athlete(s), will proceed, will all team managers’ agreement, starting from 3pm today,” he said. He added that the accident is being investigated by the police and Road Transport Department for further action.
Several athletes were injured after a bus ferrying Myanmar, Philippines and Thai players was involved in an accident with another vehicle in the accident. The two buses had police escort. The two buses in the accident were carrying 13 players from Thailand, five from the Philippines and 10 from Myanmar. The injured players are said to be from Myanmar.
The bus was on its way to to the National Squash Centre after leaving the players’ hotel in Putrajaya. The accident happened at 7.50am near the Sungai Besi toll plaza as the buses were travelling towards the KESAS highway. The leading bus was said to have braked suddenly to avoid hitting a motorcycle that cut into its lane. The bus at the back rear-ended it.