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Friday, December 08, 2006

Asian Games: Tragedy in the ecuestrian event

The Asian Games taking place in Doha were markef by tragedy when South Korea's Kim Hyung-chil died. He was crushed by his horse in a heavy fall at the Doha 2006 equestrian event.

The records say that with heavy rain pouring on the Doha Racing and Equestrian Club, Kim's horse Bundaberg Black rolled over him after a crash at fence No. 8 in the individual cross-country competition.

It's important to notice that the president of Korea's National Olympic Committee, Kim Jung-kil, announced the rider would be buried in the national cemetery and receive the country's sporting medal.

Actually, Kim had a fine equestrian pedigree, his father Kim Chul-gyu having competed at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics and being credited with popularising the sport in South Korea. Doha was the younger Kim's fourth Asian Games.

WE must remember that Kim won silver at the last Asian Games in Busan on the same horse. The 47-year-old, the 11th eventer to tackle the course, was attended to immediately by medical staff but was found to have no pulse, Games medical chief Dr Abdulwahab Al-Muslh stated.

Full of sadness, Chung Hyun-sook, chef de mission of the South Korean team, announced that a decision on whether the team would continue in the equestrian event would be made after a meeting of athletes and officials.

"I know that I am in charge of making sure all athletes make it home safely," she said haltingly. "My heart is broken."

News of the death was felt throughout the Korean team. "All the Korean team are a little bit low, everyone's faces are downcast," said Ryu Seung-min, a member of the table tennis team.

We must mention that Seoul-based Kim leaves a wife, seven-year-old son and 13-year-old daughter.