SINGAPORE: A 24-year-old full-time national serviceman is in critical condition after falling off his bicycle on Sunday at the OCBC Cycle Singapore event.
He suffered brain damage which required major surgery and is now in the Intensive Care Unit at the Singapore General Hospital.
Mr Chia Wee Kiat was taking part in the Super Challenge -- a 59-kilometre race that started at 5.15am at the F1 Pit Building.
The accident happened some 15 minutes later as he was cycling down Benjamin Sheares Bridge in the direction of Tanjung Rhu.
Organisers said they were informed of the incident at approximately 5.39am.
Medical personnel attended to him within three minutes. They found him lying face down on the ground.
The organisers are seeking more information about the accident from witnesses, as well as the Land Transport Authority.
An eyewitness told Channel NewsAsia that Mr Chia flipped and was flung off his bicycle.
Meanwhile, Acting Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin, who was the guest-of-honour at the event and also competed in the race, has called on the public to respect the family's privacy.
He called on those who have heard of the incident to keep Mr Chia and his family in their prayers.
He also said speculation online is not helpful and urged the public to contact LTA or the organisers if they have any information. - CNA/ec
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