Badminton heart attack alert comes and goes

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PETALING JAYA: With so many people making jokes about suffering “heart attacks” from watching Malaysia’s badminton players at the Olympics, an official warning was posted by the Health Minister this morning – but was then removed.

The advisory notice, for elderly people or those with heart problems, was seen on the Health Ministry’s official Facebook page on Saturday morning, according to Star Online.

The Star report, posted at mid-day, said the notice had since been taken down.

Malaysians with heart conditions were advised to have blood pressure and pulse rate monitors as well as medicine ready during the match, according to the notice. Viewers should also have a phone at hand by which to dial 999 if needed.

At the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro last night, Malaysia’s Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong narrowly lost to China’s Fu Haifeng and Zhang Nan in a thrilling three-game encounter for the men’s doubles gold medal.

Tonight, Lee Chong Wei will seek to upset China’s Chen Long in the men’s singles final after having overcome his arch-rival Lin Dan by 15-21, 21-11, 22-20 on Friday in a heart-stopping 79 minutes.