Several swimming athletes injured in a balcony collapse at a nightclub in South Korea

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According to a police account, the injured include 10 foreigners, eight of them athletes who were in Gwangju to participate in the swimming championships: three Americans, two New Zealanders, one Dutch, one Italian and one Brazilian. The anti-disaster agency said the injured also included two Uzbekistan exchange students.The organizing committee said it won’t disclose other personal information about the athletes at the request of their national teams. Seven of them had already returned to the athletes’ village after minor treatments at hospitals. “This is an awful tragedy,” said Christopher Ramsey, CEO of USA Water Polo.

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Scene of the accident at a night club

“Players from our men’s and women’s teams were celebrating the women’s world championship victory when the collapse occurred at a public club. Our hearts go out to the victims of the crash and their families.” Police investigation has to determine if the collapsed balcony was an unauthorized structure. The 2019 World Aquatics Championships which are the 18th FINA World Aquatics Championships are  held in Gwangju, South Korea from 12 to 28 July 2019.

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