Organizers confident despite tennis court canopy collapse
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Amran, a security attendant injured in the collapse of a canopy at a tennis court, was back at work on Friday as organizers of the 2012 National Games (PON) warned against media exaggeration.
With his wrist still strapped in a bandage, Amran was back on duty.
“I was injured by broken glass and needed 13 stitches, but it should be OK now. I did not have to stay at hospital. After receiving treatment I was allowed to leave,” he told The Jakarta Post on Friday.
“I was greeting guests at the time of the collapse. I had little time to escape, I just covered my head with my hands,” Amran said.
The canopy of the tennis court in a compound at the headquarters of PTPN 5, a Riau-based plantation company, on Jl. Rambutan, Pekanbaru, collapsed on Thursday, injuring three people.
The other victims were Jamil Mulyadi and Atin, both employees of PT Amarta Karya, the court constructor.
Atin suffered a cut to her left arm and fractured her right leg while Jamil was injured on his chin.
The debris from the 12x10-meter glass canopy has been cleared and the canopy is now replaced with a tent. Damage to a wall has been covered with a banner, and damage to the floor with a flower pot.
The incident has exacerbated the woeful preparations for the Games marked by the late completion of several venues. Seven venues are still unfinished with the Games due to officially commence on Tuesday.
Riau administration secretary Wan Syamsir Yus brushed aside suggestions that the organizers had been lax in their preparations.
“This is just an incident. I can confirm it will not derail the venue ,” he said, referring to the canopy collapse at the tennis court.
PTPN 5 spokesperson Priando Panjaitan hit out at what he said were exaggerated media reports about the scale of the damage.
“It’s not the main building, only the canopy collapsed. The function of the building is not disrupted. You can see for yourself; the West Java, Jakarta and East Kalimantan contingents are training on the courts,” he said.
He blamed a storm, with winds reportedly reaching 18 knots, for the canopy crash.
West Java head coach Atet Wiyono said that the incident had not disrupted his athletes’ buildup. “The players are not losing concentration. We are not worried,” he said.