17-Year-Old Badminton Star Drops Dead from Cardiac Arrest Mid-Game

Shocking scenes have emerged from a major badminton championship after a teenage player dropped dead on the court mid-game.

On Sunday evening, 17-year-old Zhang Zhijie suddenly collapsed during a match at the Asia Junior Championships in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

Zhijie, from China, was playing against Japan’s Kazuma Kawano when he suffered an unexpected cardiac arrest.

Emergency medical teams immediately rushed onto the court to treat the young man but he was unresponsive.

He was quickly to the hospital by ambulance after resuscitation efforts failed.

However, he was confirmed dead when he arrived at the hospital.

Badminton Asia confirmed Zhijie’s death in a statement, saying:

“The world of badminton has lost a talented player.

“Zhijie was playing a group match against Japan when he collapsed.

“He was attended by the tournament doctor and medical team and was sent to the hospital in a standby ambulance in less than two minutes.

“He passed away at 11.30 pm local time on June 30.

“Badminton Asia, PBSI, and the organizing committee are immensely saddened and expressed their deepest condolences to Zhijie’s parents, family, and China Badminton Association (CBA).”

Video from the event shows the shocking moment Zhijie died suddenly during the game.

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During a press conference after the incident, Broto Happy, spokesman for the Badminton Association of Indonesia (PBSI), confirmed Zhijie died from a cardiac arrest.

“Medical conclusions … indicated that the victim experienced sudden cardiac arrest,” Happy told reporters.

In a statement, China’s badminton association said it was “deeply saddened” by his passing.

“Zhang Zhijie loved badminton and was an outstanding athlete of the national youth badminton team,” the CBA said.

Zhijie was also supposed to play in the individual event, which commences after the mixed team on July 3.

In the event, he is the seventh seed in the boys’ singles.

China went on to win the tie 3-2 to advance to the quarter-finals as the Group D champions.

Zhijie started playing badminton in kindergarten and joined China’s national youth team last year.

Earlier this year, he won the singles title at the Dutch Junior International tournament.

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By Frank Bergman

Frank Bergman is a political/economic journalist living on the east coast. Aside from news reporting, Bergman also conducts interviews with researchers and material experts and investigates influential individuals and organizations in the sociopolitical world.

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