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Nepal athletes hurt in Bangladesh lift crash

Participants in the South Asia Games
The accident is an inauspicious start to the games

At least Six Nepalese players and an official have been injured after a lift they were in crashed at a hotel in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka.

Officials say the incident happened just hours prior to the launch of the 11th South Asian Games in the city.

The injured athletes - including judo star Kuluman Thamang - have been taken to hospital.

Lifts throughout Dhaka's many high-rise buildings are notorious for being dangerously overcrowded.

Hospital spokesman John Gomes told that none of those being treated after the accident were seriously injured.

A spokesman at the Hotel Imperial - where the judo and weightlifting athletes were staying - said that 21 people were on the 13-passenger lift.

He rejected allegations that the accident happened because its cables snapped.

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