Dominican Republic’s physiotherapist passed away as nat’l team set to land home from WC


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Bladimir Regalado, the physiotherapist of the Dominican Republic’s basketball team, reportedly passed away due to a heart attack.

In a Facebook post, the Dominicanas revealed that the unfortunate event happened when the team flew back home from their 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup activities in Manila.

“With deep sadness, we report the death of Bladimir Regalado, physiotherapist of our National Team, who suffered a heart attack on the flight back from the Philippines, where he accompanied our team in the FIBA World Cup 2023,” the team announced (translated).

“We are deeply sorry for this loss and send our condolences to his family, friends and loved ones. Bladimir Regalado was a fundamental pillar in the team, dedicated and passionate about his work. Peace to your soul.

“His efforts and commitment to the world of Dominican basketball will always be remembered. Rest in peace, NBA,” the statement further noted.

Meanwhile, FIBA sent its heartfelt regards and condolences to the family of Regalado as well as the Dominican Republic national squad.

“The entire FIBA team sends its love and heartfelt condolences to Selección Dominicana de Baloncesto and the family of team physiotherapist Bladimir Regalado who tragically passed away while traveling home from the World Cup,” the X post from FIBA noted.

“Bladimir will be dearly missed by all.”

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