SEA Games bus crash: two Myanmar players injured

Faith Castro
August 21, 2017

Seven squash players and a coach were injured in a bus crash at the Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia on Monday, forcing organizers to suspend matches on the first day of competition.

Nobody was seriously hurt in the crash, which police said left eight Myanmar players and a Philippines coach with minor leg injuries.

The report said the bus was carrying squash players from Myanmar, Philippines, and Thailand from their hotel in Putrajaya to a competition at the National Squash Centre in Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur.

Aye Aye Thin and Ei Ei Pyone have withdrawn from the women's doubles and they will also be replaced in the mixed doubles, the Games' sports and technical committee secretary, Low Beng Choo, said in a statement. During the journey, their bus rear-ended another bus, this one carrying the Philippine and Thai squash teams.

"The athletes involved in this unfortunate accident were from Myanmar, the Philippines and Thailand". We were in the first bus together with the Thailand team while Myanmar was in the bus behind us.

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He added that the accident is being investigated by the police and Road Transport Department for further action.

Several media outlets had reported that a bus driver who was supposed to ferry the Myanmar SEA Games women's football team back to their hotel on the night of Aug 17 was arrested for alleged theft, causing delays for the players. The two buses had police escort.

The incident is understood to have happened when the leading bus braked suddenly to avoid hitting a motorcycle, which saw the second bus hit it from behind. The driver of the Myanmar team's bus failed to brake in time and hit the other bus.

And there was a furore at the weekend after the official guidebook to the Games printed an upside-down version of the Indonesian flag.

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