Man dies watching singles semi-final


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  • Sunday, 21 Aug 2016

IPOH: The heart-stopping semi-final match between national shuttler Datuk Lee Chong Wei and his arch-rival Lin Dan in the Rio Olympics could have proven too much for a 64-year-old man here.

Lum Wah Wong collapsed and died at 8.55pm while watching the match at his sister’s home in Papan on Friday night.

Real estate agent Bibi Lam, in her 40s, said her cousin was watching the match with their niece when he stood up and shouted as the two badminton rivals drew level at the score of 20-20 in the rubber set.

“They were the only ones watching the match in the house. He stood up and shouted. Seconds later, he sat back down, took two breaths of air and fell unconscious,” Lam said yesterday.

“Our niece tried to wake him up. He opened his eyes for a second but slipped back into unconsciousness. When the ambulance came, the personnel checked his pulse and confirmed his passing,” she said.

Lam said Lum had been wat­ching the Malaysian badminton players in action at the Rio Olympics.

“I know it was an exciting match as Lin Dan is a tough opponent for Chong Wei.

“He had also been cheering for the team during the mixed doubles and men’s doubles matches,” she said, adding that Lum was not married.

Lum had no known illness.

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