Rise in athletes' deaths in stadiums raises concern — coach

Recently, cases of heart disease affecting athletes have increased. (Photo: American College of Cardiology)
AMMAN — National Coach Jamal Mahmoud called on the Ministry of Youth, the Jordanian Olympic Committee and the Jordan Football Association, to take urgent action to develop a quick preventive plan before the start of the 2022 football season, after the sudden increase in the number of deaths among football players.اضافة اعلان

The "Qusai Initiative" launched by HRH Crown Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II, in 2014, in memory of the Jordanian player Qusai Khawaldeh, who lost his life due to an unfortunate accident in a sports stadium.

Jamal Mahmoud told Jordan News that “the safety of athletes comes first and foremost and above all considerations. We have to find a quick preventive plan to preserve the health of the athletes, especially since we suddenly lost many lives among football players."

Recently, cases of heart disease affecting players have increased from athletes who lose their life and others who retire, the latest victim of these injuries being the Algerian player Sofiane Lokar, who died after falling on the field, during a match between his team MC Saida and the Algerian ASM Oran team, due to a heart attack.

“We saw a quick move by those responsible for sports in some neighboring countries, including Kuwait, which provided an electric shock device for clubs and trained therapists to use it at a cost of $4,000 per device,” said Mahmoud.

A TV broadcast of a match in the Omani league between Muscat club and Suwaiq club was delayed, due to the tragic death of Muscat’s defender Mukhallad Al-Raqadi during the warm-up process due to a severe heart attack.

Various other sudden deaths have been reported in different leagues. It is worth noting that most of the deaths reported were related to heart problems.

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