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Hockey World Cup: tuk-tuk ride in Spain goes wrong, federation president Santiago injured in fall | Hockey news

BHUBANESWAR: Spain’s adventure of driving an open-top tuk-tuk (auto rickshaw) went horribly wrong here on Wednesday, injuring national federation president and former referee Santiago Deo.
The Spanish team, who lost 4-3 to Australia in the men’s quarter-finals Hockey World Cup on Tuesday may have headed to the hotel’s Kalinga stadium to watch the quarter-finals and some of them opted to hop on an open vehicle for a little adventure.


According to spectators, the auto rickshaw, which was carrying some Spanish players and officials, including Santiago, made a U-turn in front of the number three gate of the Kalinga stadium. Santiago fell while jumping from the vehicle, hurting his left knee in the process.


The police officers on duty rushed to Santiago and helped give him first aid. More details are not yet known.


In addition to being the president of Real Federacion Espanola de Hockey, Santiago was an international referee in good standing, participating in five Olympic Games between Moscow 1980 and Sydney 2000.

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