A full-time national cyclist, Chia Wee Kiat, 24 year old, is in a sever and critical condition after falling off his bicycle this Sunday at the OCBC Cycle Singapore event. He suffered a brain damage which required a major surgery and is now in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Singapore General Hospital. Mr Chia Wee Kiat was taking part in the Super Challenge which is a 59-kilometre race that started at 5.15am in the morning at the F1 Pit Building.
The accident happened approximately 15 minutes later as he was cycling down the Benjamin Sheares Bridge in the direction of Tanjung Rhu. Organizers said that they were informed of the incident at approximately 5.39am which is nine minutes after the accident. The medical personnel attended to him immediately within the next three minutes. They found him lying face down on the ground. The organizers are seeking more information about the accident from witnesses, as well as the Land Transport Authority. An eyewitness informed that Mr Chia flipped and was completely flung off his bicycle. Meanwhile, the Acting Manpower Minister Tan Chuan Jin, who was also the guest of honor at the event and had competed in the race, has called on the public to respect the family’s privacy.
He called on those who have heard of the incident to keep Mr Chia and his family in their prayers. He also said speculation online is not helpful and urged the public to contact LTA or the organizers if they have any information. Chia’s cousin Kelvin Tan thanked the cyclists yesterday in a Facebook post, ‘Thanks to all cyclist for all the concern to my cousin. He is now in hospital and being taken good care of but he is still in extremely critical condition. On behalf of the family thank you again.’
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