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Ceiling collapses during Vietnam badminton competition; Singapore shuttlers unhurt

Twelve Singapore players were scheduled to appear at the tournament, but none were injured at the Ho Chi Minh venue.

HO CHI MINH: The ceiling at a stadium in Ho Chi Minh City collapsed this week at a badminton tournament, the Yonex Sunrise Vietnam Open. While 12 Singaporeans were scheduled to play at the event, none were injured, with the courts cleared prior to the incident.

A video posted on Tuesday (Sep 2) on YouTube showed large portions of the Phan Dinh Phung Stadium ceiling caving in and falling directly onto the badminton court below. A video posted by Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin on Instagram showed the ceiling collapsing. "All our shuttlers safe," wrote Mr Tan.

One Singaporean shuttler, Terry Hee, said on his Facebook page: "This is the scariest competition I've ever participated in. What a disaster!"

Dutch player Ruud Bosch also posted a video of the aftermath on Facebook: "Roof came down during the match. Players were on court, heard a crack, looked up, walked away fast and 20 seconds later the roof comes down! Nobody got hurt, everybody is safe!"

Channel NewsAsia understands that nobody was injured in the collapse, and the courts were cleared before the incident. 

The tournament was scheduled to be held from Sep 1 to 9. More than 170 players were set to compete in five categories of men's and women's doubles and mixed doubles events for a total prize of US$50,000 (S$62,500).

The Singapore athletes scheduled to appear at the tournament, according to the official website, are:

  • Robin Gonansa
  • Terry Hee
  • Huang Chao
  • Sean Lee Kwan Ting
  • Liang Xiaoyu
  • Loh Kean Hean
  • Loh Kean Yew
  • Shinta Mulia Sari
  • Ronald Susilo
  • Tan Wei Han
  • Hendra Wijaya
  • Dellis Yuliana