Over 100 injured as stand collapses at Kabaddi championship

India: Over 100 spectators were injured after a stand collapsed during the 47th Junior National Kabaddi Championship in Telangana’s Suryapet on Monday.

The accident took place at the SP Office grounds in Suryapet where a large crowd had gathered to watch the inaugural ceremony of the 47th National Junior Kabaddi tournament.

Suddenly, a stand on which many people were seated collapsed.

A video of the scene shows people falling in a wave-like motion as the stand collapses.

The spectators were unable to move after the fall and were immediately taken to hospital by ambulances, police vehicles and other vehicles.

The injured have been shifted to local hospitals. Of them, five or six suffered fractures. Two people who are critical at the moment have been shifted to Hyderabad for specialised treatment.

The collapse was apparently due to the weak structure made of wood and other materials. However, the exact cause of the mishap would be known only after investigation, the police said.

Three stands were built on the ground of Suryapet, each with a seating capacity of about 5000 people. The ground has a total seating capacity of about 15,000 spectators.

Over 1500 participants from 29 states are participating in the Kabaddi championship. For the first time, Sikkim is taking part in a national-level event. The matches are being conducted on synthetic kabaddi mats in the league-cum-knock out format under floodlights on all four days.

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