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Monday, September 18, 2000
Minor traffic incidents delay events

 SYDNEY, Australia (AP) -- A traffic accident and a confused bus driver delayed a softball game and several boxing matches Monday at the Sydney Olympics.

 A crash on a highway in western Sydney trapped the Japanese women's softball team in traffic for almost an hour, forcing a 40-minute delay of its game against China, according to Olympics organizers.

 The delay also caused Monaco's Prince Albert to scrap plans to throw out the first pitch. He had to leave to attend a memorial service for the wife of International Olympic Committee president Juan Antonio Samaranch.

 The third day of Olympic boxing was delayed for about 30 minutes because a bus driver got lost on the way to the Darling Harbor boxing venue.

 Australian boxing team manager Peter Rogers said the driver was recruited from the countryside and did not know Sydney well.

 Earlier, an official with Nepal's Olympic team suffered whiplash when the car he was riding in collided with a bus near Olympic Park. The official, whose name was not released, was taken to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital after the collision at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, a team statement said.

 The team said the official remained under observation and was to be released Tuesday.

 It was the third crash in a week involving Olympics transportation. Last week, the American manager of the marching band that performed in the opening ceremony was seriously injured in another car-bus crash, and a British archer had a minor cut when one bus rear-ended another.

 Officials have pulled in hundreds of drivers from outside Sydney to help transport the tens of thousands of athletes, support personnel and reporters at the Olympics.
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