Basketball player Diep Phuoc Loc of Soc Trang Club collapsed and died of a heart attack during a match in the Mekong Delta Basketball Championships early week.
According to Soc Trang coach Huynh Long Bao, Loc was on the substitutes' bench during the third period of the match when he suddenly fell off.
Though Bao and the rest of the team tried all the first aid they knew, they were unable to save Loc in the absence of emergency medical attention.
It was a huge shock, Bao said, because in the 11 years Loc had been with the team, he had not shown any sign of health problems.
This is a wake-up call for sports authorities in Viet Nam to provide better emergency medical facilities at top-level sporting events. — VNS