SEA Games: Buses carrying squash players collide, injuries reported

The buses which were carrying the squash players to the Bukit Jalil National Stadium on Monday (21 August) morning. (PHOTOS: Handouts)

*Updated at 3.30pm on 21 August 2017 to include a statement from the Malaysia Organising Committee*

Two buses carrying SEA Games squash players were involved in an accident on Monday (21 August) morning, leaving eight athletes injured.

The buses, which were on their way to the Bukit Jalil National Stadium, were carrying 13 Thai athletes, 10 athletes from Myanmar and five Philippine athletes, according to the Kuala Lumpur traffic department.

Seven Myanmar athletes and one Philippine athlete were hurt in the incident, with one of the Myanmar athletes still under observation for possibly more serious injuries. Monday’s squash matches have been temporarily halted pending medical clearance for the players, said media reports.

The accident took place when one of the buses had to brake suddenly as a motorcycle swerved in front of it, causing the second bus – which was travelling behind the first – to crash into it, said the KL traffic department. A replacement bus was sent to transport the athletes to the stadium.

In response to the incident, the Malaysia Organising Committee (MASOC) said in a statement that some of the athletes and officials had been cleared to compete by their own team doctor.

An emergency meeting had also been called to discuss a revised competition schedule.

“It is expected that matches that do not involve any affected athlete(s), will proceed, with all Team Managers agreement, starting from 3pm today,” the statement said, adding that the accident is under investigation by the Royal Malaysian Police and the Road Transport Department.

Last Thursday, the driver for the Myanmar women’s football team was arrested for theft and driving without a license, which delayed the players’ return to their hotel following their match against Malaysia.