The collapse at the Phan Dinh Phung Sports Complex in Ho Chi Minh City's District 3. Photo: Gia Man
The ceiling of the Phan Dinh Phung Sports Complex in Ho Chi Minh City partially collapsed onto the court, Tuesday, while badminton players were competing at the Vietnam Grand Prix Open 2014.
No injuries were reported.
The incident happened at around 7:30 a.m. when the plaster ceiling collapsed, bringing down drop ceiling panels, a steel frame, electrical wires and air conditioner vents.
“The players were competing on three courts when a lot of dust fell down and a loud crack rang out. Seeing the collapse, they told each other to run away,” said a witness who asked not to be named.
Huynh Ngoc Lien, deputy chairwoman of the HCMC Badminton Association and the deputy head of the event’s organizing committee, said no one was injured in the incident.
“This was a very serious incident at an international event. We did not take the risk of asking them to return to the stadium after that,” she said.
The organizers later decided to change the venue to Tan Binh Sports Center at 448 Hoang Van Thu Street, Tan Binh District.
The District 3's Phan Dinh Phung Sports Complex, which also hosts musical events, was closed for repairs after the collapse.
Earlier, host Nguyen Tien Minh defeated Thammsasin Sithikom of Thailand to face Indonesia’s Thomi Azizan in the second round. Minh is currently ranked 30 by the World Badminton Federation. His best ranking was 5th last year.
The Vietnam Grand Prix Open 2014, scheduled to be held from September 1st to 7th, invited 272 players from 31 countries and territories to compete in all categories.