Sports Minister reacts to Brazilian tragedy

Sports Minister Osbourne Bodden has extended condolences to those impacted by a plane crash in Colombia earlier this week that killed players and coaches of a Brazilian football team.

A week of mourning has been declared by the Brazilian Football Federation in the wake of the crash. Chapecoense were on their way to the Colombian city of Medellin when the plane crashed Monday night (28 November, 2016). 19 players were killed, while the three who survived remain in the hospital with serious injuries.

“On behalf of the people of the Cayman Islands, I express our deepest condolences to the Brazilian Football Federation, the people of Brazil and the families and fans affected by the plane crash,” a statement issued by Mr Bodden Thursday said.

Although Chapecoense is not a household name in the sport, football fans and other across the world have been paying tribute, with many in the Cayman Islands reacting on social media and changing their profile pictures to the club’s logo.

“In the world of sports, we are used to the drama of great wins and great losses but this incident has profoundly shocked us all,” the minister said.

In all, 71 people were killed including members of the media travelling with the team to cover the final.

“We wish a speedy recovery to the six survivors. Our thoughts are with all Brazilians at this difficult time as you mourn loved ones lost,” Mr Bodden said.

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