Asian Games: Tragedy as tournament official dies

Asian Games: Tragedy as tournament official dies
The opening ceremony of the quadrennial sporting event features performances that symbolise the rich tradition of Korean culture, at the opening ceremony of the Asian Games 2014 held at the Incheon Asiad Main Stadium, in Incheon, South Korea on 19 September 2014.

INCHEON, South Korea - The Incheon Asian Games suffered a tragedy on Friday as an event official died in hospital after being taken ill, organisers said.

The unnamed South Korean athletics road racing referee complained of feeling unwell at his hotel on Thursday and was rushed to hospital, where he died in the early hours of Friday, Asiad spokesman Yoo Jae-Han told reporters.

He said the man, believed to be aged 59, showed no signs of illness during a preparatory session for the competition, which begins on Saturday.

"We are very sorry for his family and we will do our best to support them," Yoo said, adding that the exact cause of death was still unclear.


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