Watch: Dramatic footage of Vietnam sports centre ceiling collapse moments after badminton players leave the court
No players or spectators were injured during the incident that saw steel frames, electric wiring and air conditioning vents plummet to the floor
Thursday 04 September 2014
Incredible footage has been released that shows the roof of a sports centre in Vietnam collapsing, just moments before competitors were advised to leave the playing area by a quick thinking official.
The spectacular collapse occurred on Tuesday, during the $50,000 Vietnam Open badminton tournament at the Phan Dinh Phung Sports Centre in the capital Ho Chi Minh City.
According to reports, two singles matches were taking place when one observant match official began to hear cracking sounds coming from above his head and saw that the ceiling was moving.
Sensing potential danger, he immediately ordered players and officials off the courts and to safety of the changing rooms.
Within minutes of their exit, the roof had caved in, sending steel panels, electric wiring and air conditioning vents plummeting to the floor.
Some officials still present on the court’s edge were seen running for cover in an attempt to avoid the potentially deadly falling debris.
One brave fan stayed behind to capture the dramatic event on film and since being uploaded onto the internet two days ago, the video has already been viewed nearly 100,000 times by Youtube users.
Miraculously, no one was injured and the tournament’s organisers have already managed to find a replacement venue at the nearby Tan Binh Sports Center to the south-east of the city.
Despite players and fans escaping catastrophe by just a matter of minutes, officials from the city’s authorities were relaxed about the incident, saying that the age of the building may have led to some safety checks being neglected.
Speaking to Reuters, Mai Ba Hung, deputy head of the city's Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism said: "This stadium was too old, nearly 30 years old
"It is awaiting major reconstruction, so safety checks may have been a bit loose."
The incident is now being investigated by the Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee.
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