Details have emerged of Kato Ottio’s sudden death while training in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.
Wide World of Sports reports Ottio’s manager Steve Deacon said the 23-year-old had chosen to continue running after taking part in a gruelling eight-kilometre road run with the Hunters Queensland Cup side, on a day where temperatures got up to 33 degrees.
According to Ottio’s mother Joyce, who spoke to The Daily Telegraph, the cause of death was “heatstroke”, and Ottio’s running slowed before he collapsed. He was unconscious and in a coma and they were not able to revive him.
The talented PNG international had been due to travel to England this week to link up with the Widnes Vikings, who he signed with following a stint with the Canberra Raiders.
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