PENANG: A participant in the Asia Pacific Masters Games (APMG) football event in Penang died early this morning.
Ukraine's Oleksandr Shcherbinin, who had earlier complained of chest pain to his roommate, collapsed in his hotel room.
The 57-year-old Oleksandr was taken to the Penang Hospital, and a post mortem revealed that he had died of heart attack.
“On behalf of the Games organisers, I convey my deepest condolences to the family of Oleksandr Shcherbinin. May his soul rest in peace,” said APMG Penang 2018 chief executive officer Linda Geh.
“We have informed his family in Ukraine of the tragedy. The APMG organisers are working with the authorities, including the Ukraine embassy, for the his body to be transported back to Kiev,”
Oleksandr, who was from Kharkiv, Ukraine, leaves behind a wife and two daughters.
He was the goalkeeper of the Kharkiv Masters team that participated in the men’s 55-59 years age-group.
As a mark of respect, officials and players observed a one-minute silence before the kickoff of football matches in the APMG in Penang.