Two runners injured at KL Marathon

KUALA LUMPUR: Two runners were reportedly injured after a car rams to them at the Kuala Lumpur Standard Chartered Marathon 2019.

In a statement of its Facebook page, the Kuala Lumpur Standard Chartered Marathon said affected runners are currently receiving medical treatment.

“We are also cooperating with the relevant authorities and will provide an update when more information regarding the incident is clear,“ the statement read.

Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman expressed his concerns through Twitter after he was informed of the incident. “I was informed that some runners in the Kuala Lumpur Standard Chartered Marathon suffered injuries due to a hit and run incident.

My thoughts and prayers are with those injured and their families.

“I hope the authorities will take swift action in finding the culprit who broke through the safety barriers, and for the organiser to assist the injured victims in whatever ways possible. We prioritize the safety of the rakyat foremost,“ said Syed Saddiq.

The KL Marathon is an annual event held since 1989. More than 30,000 people took part in this year’s event, together with about 1,900 running tourists from 73 countries.

According to accounts from eye-witnesses, the accident had happened on the Kuala Lumpur Middle Ring Road (MRR2) heading towards Gombak, a police spokesman said.

It was unclear if the driver had ploughed through the barricades, as there were areas under construction, and the participants may have been confused, he added.

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