Zhang Zhijie (red) collapsed while the score was tied at 11-11. Photo courtesy: Free Press Journal

A shocking event transpired inside the badminton court as a 17-year-old Chinese player, Zhang Zhijie, died during a match due to cardiac arrest. The incident took place during Badminton Asia Junior Championships in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The disturbing visual of the same has surfaced on social media.

Zhang Zhijie (red) collapsed while the score was tied at 11-11. Photo courtesy: Free Press Journal

The score was 11-11 in the first game when Zhang suddenly collapsed on the floor. A few medical personnel attended to him and rushed him to the hospital. However, the efforts to resuscitate him failed and was pronounced dead.

Issuing a joint statement, Badminton Asia and the Badminton Association of Indonesia said:

“China’s Zhang Zhijie, a singles player, collapsed on the court during a match in the evening. He was attended to by the tournament doctor and medical team. He was taken in the standby ambulance in less than two minutes and sent to hospital. The world of badminton has lost a talented player.”

The Chinese Badminton Association, meanwhle, stated: “Zhang Zhijie loved badminton and was an outstanding athlete of the national youth badminton team. At present the local hospital has not yet identified the cause of death.”

Zhang Zhijie emerged into the professional world of badminton last year by joining China’s youth team. He also clinched the title of Dutch Junior International earlier this year.

To honour Zhang, the tournament observed a moment’s silence in his memory.

(The article is published under a mutual content partnership arrangement between The Free Press Journal and Connected to India)