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News & Reports Aug 14, 2014 | 5:20 PMby Tromso Olympiad 2014

Press release: Participant collapses in playing hall

The Tromsø 2014 Chess Olympiad organisers are publishing the following press release in connection with the collapse of a player during today's final round of the Olympiad.

Thursday 14 August 2014


A male player born in 1947 collapsed today at 15:30 (3:30 p.m.) during his game in the Chess Olympiad playing hall. The man was a member of the Seychelles Open team.

The Red Cross was present in the playing hall and quickly undertook emergency first aid, including the use of a defibrillator. An ambulance arrived shortly afterwards and continued emergency care. The player was then taken to University Hospital North Norway (UNN) in Tromsø.

The organisers have not received any confirmation of the man’s health status from the hospital.

The Olympiad organisers have extended an offer of counseling from health personnel and members of the Tromsø psycho-social team to anyone involved in the situation.

For further information or questions please contact:

Chess Olympiad 2014,
Chief Information Officer Jarle Heitmann, mobile (+47) 909 34 850

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