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Pro Basketball Player Injured in Brussels Airport Explosion


A Brazilian basketball player was seen Tuesday lying in a pool of blood on the floor of the Brussels airport.

In this photo provided by Georgian Public Broadcaster and photographed by Ketevan Kardava, Brazilian basketball player Sebastien Bellin, who formerly played for the Belgian national basketball team, lies wounded on the floor of the Brussels Airport in Brussels, Belgium, after explosions ripped through the departure hall Tuesday, March 22, 2016. All flights were canceled, arriving planes were being diverted and Belgium's terror alert level was raised to maximum, officials said. (Ketevan Kardava/Georgian Public Broadcaster via AP)

Brazilian basketball player Sebastien Bellin is one of nearly 200 people injured in Tuesday’s terror attack in Brussels.

Bellin, who once played for Belgium’s national team, was photographed lying in a pool of blood on the floor of the Brussels airport.

The Daily Mail reported that the 37-year-old professional athlete was thrown 20 meters into the air by one of the explosions Tuesday morning and has since undergone surgery for his injuries.

Belgium’s national team shared a link on its Facebook page Tuesday morning with a message for Bellin: “The whole Gent Hawks family wishes him a speedy recovery.”

The European professional basketball association FIBA Europe Cup also shared its well-wishes for Bellin via Twitter:

BC Telenet Oostende, a professional Belgian basketball club, shared updates on Bellin's condition with fans on Twitter.

"UPDATE: Sebastian Bellin has his first surgery. There are now still shards in his leg and hip. He was thrown out 20m," a translated tweet read.

For more on the Brussels attacks, click here.

(H/T: Daily Mail)

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