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08:03 Friday 13 July 2012  Written by Philip Dewey

Tragedy hits Slough Kabaddi tournament

Tragedy hit the Slough Kabaddi Club’s annual tournament on Sunday when one of the competitors broke his spine from the neck down.

The tournament at Kedermister Park, Langley, was put on hold while the man was attended to by paramedics and taken to hospital.

Ramna Sandhu, from Rurka Kalan, India, suffered the serious neck injury in the semi-final while playing for Slough against Gravesend.

The rest of the tournament was called off.

When Mr Sandhu left for hospital, he had no feeling in his body but Goldi Sandhu (unrelated), chairman of Slough Kabaddi Club, said doctors had indicated the operation carried out on his spine was successful.

The extent of his injuries is not known.

There are more than 200 comments on the Kabaddi.org Facebook page, praying for Mr Sandhu's recovery.

Kabaddi is a team sport where they send a 'raider' into the opposition half who must tag an opponent and then run back to their own half without being tackled in order to score a point.

The Slough tournament has been held for more than 20 years and is one of the biggest events in the calendar for Asian people in Slough.

Last year more than 4,000 people turned out to watch, including Slough MP Fiona Mactaggart, who also attended this year's event.

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