Although sports have provided a wide range of joy and togetherness throughout the world; It has however recorded some sad moments throughout its history. Overtime many sporting competitions have been organized with the main aim of providing entertainment to the viewers. However, somethings do not always go as planned on certain occasions. Below are The Worst Sports Tragedies in History.
Marc-Vivien Foe; Died in June 2003:
The Cameroonian Midfielder, Marc-Vivien, was a player of the French club; Olympique Lyon. He had also played for RC Lens before transferring to Lyon. Early on before his death, Marc-Vivien moved to the English club, Manchester City on loan. Consequently, he spent the whole of his last season playing for Manchester City before his unfortunate death.
He was privileged to cap for his country during their Confederations Cup semifinal against Colombia. Unfortunately, he never knew it was going to be his last match. At the 72nd minute of the game, Marc-Vivien who was 28 years old fell to the ground. He had collapsed with a heart attack during the match. He died after several efforts made by the medical staff to restart his heart proved abortive.
Phil O’Donnell; Died in December 2007:
Another outstanding player that the world would forever miss is the Motherwell captain, Phil O’Donnell. He lost his life to the cold hands of death after collapsing in the pitch due to a cardiac arrest. He underwent five minutes of treatment on the Pitch. Afterward, he was taken to the waiting ambulance and was later confirmed dead.
Daniel Jarque; Died in August 2009:
The 26-years old Espanyol captain also died of cardiac arrest during his training in Converciano, Italy. All efforts made by his club doctors and Italian paramedics to revive him with CPR and defibrillator proved abortive. Take a look at Daniel Jarque in the picture below.
Antonio Puerta; Died on 28th August 2007:
The Sevilla player lost consciousness during their first La Liga game in the 2007/08 season against Getafe CF. Just 35 mins into the game, Puerta started crouching back to his team’s goal and suddenly collapsed. Puerta got back to his feet after receiving immediate medical attention. He was able to walk back to the dressing room on his own. However, he still collapsed in the dressing room and was rushed to the intensive care unit of Virgen del Rocío Hospital.
After spending three days in the hospital, he gave up the ghost. Reports from the medical team indicated that he had suffered from irreversible brain damages owing to prolonged cardiac arrests resulting from an incurable, hereditary heart disease known as arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia.
Samuel Okwaraji; Died in 1990:
During the 1990 World Cup qualifier against Angola in Lagos, Samuel Okwaraji collapsed in the 80th minute of the match. After making efforts to revive the Nigerian player, he was unable to make and died in the course of receiving medical care. The autopsy from the medical team showed that he had an enlarged heart and high blood pressure. Hence, he may have died from complications arising from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
Cheick Tiote; Died On 5 June 2017:
The unfortunate death of Tiote happened during his training in Beijing, China. The Ivorian and Newcastle player suffered from cardiac arrest, which resulted in his death in the year 2017. His death was a great loss to the Newcastle team.
Gofaone Tiro; Died in April 2017:
Botswana soccer club Township Rollers FC player Gofaone Tiro died during training as he collapsed on the field. It is quite unfortunate that the right-winged player would no longer be able to cap for his precious club site. He was a formidable player who exhibited the natural characteristics of pure leadership.
Raman Lamba, Darryn Randall, and Phillip Hughes:
Do you know that many cricketers have lost their lives on the pitch as a result of several sports tragedies that occurred during the game? Raman Lamba was fielding for Abahani Krira Chakra against Mohammedan Sporting in Dhaka’s Premier League at the Bangabandhu Stadium when he died. During the game, he was struck on the forehead by a cricket ball. After standing to his feet, he declared that he was okay but later felt unwell after the match had ended. He was rushed to the hospital where he died after undergoing surgery. Raman Lamba died on the 20th of February 1998.
Darryn Randall also experienced an extremely tragic death during one of their cricket games in Alice, Eastern Cape. He was struck on the head by a cricket ball on the 27th of October 2013 and died at the spot.
Phillip Hughes was an Australian who played domestic cricket for South Australia and Worcestershire. He lost his life to the cold hands of death after being struck by a cricket ball within an unprotected area of his neck. Hastily, he was taken to the hospital for treatment. However, he suffered from a cerebrovascular injury called a vertebral artery dissection which led to subarachnoid hemorrhage. Phillip Hughes’s death is considered as one of the worst sports tragedies in the History of Australian Cricket.
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