KL2017: Two Myanmar squash players withdraw over whiplash injuries following bus accident


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

The Malaysian Organising Committee (Masoc) had swiftly apologised over the two earlier incidents.

Olympic Council of Malaysia secretary general Datuk Low Beng Choo, however, described the injuries suffered by women's doubles players Aye Aye Thin and Ei Ei Pyone as not serious although they are not ready to play. This caused the bus carrying athletes to crash into it from behind.

"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".

A bus ferrying Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) squash players were involved in an accident this morning, according to The Star.

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

"It is expected that matches that do not involve any affected athletes will proceed, with all Team Managers agreement, starting from 3pm today".

The accident happened when one of the buses braked suddenly to avoid a vehicle that cut into its lane, and was hit from behind by the second bus, the statement added.

"The matter is now being investigated by the Royal Malaysian Police (RMP) and the Road Transport Department (RTD) for further action".

Organisers added late Monday that two Myanmar squash players pulled out of the doubles competition after they were among eight people hurt the bus crash.

"The driver of the [following] bus which was transporting athletes and officials from Myanmar, moving behind the first bus, failed to brake in time and crashed into it", the police said. The two buses had police escort. The bus at the back rear-ended it.