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Belgian PM suffers hearing loss as Princess Astrid fires shot near him

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Published May 31, 2017, 3:52 pm IST
Updated May 31, 2017, 3:53 pm IST
PM Charles Michel was standing too close to Princess Astrid at one of the routine ceremonial appearances during a show up at a 20K race.
Belgium PM Michel Michel Charles has been suffering hearing loss since a starter pistol, signaling the beginning of the race, was fired near his left ear. (Photo: AP)
 Belgium PM Michel Michel Charles has been suffering hearing loss since a starter pistol, signaling the beginning of the race, was fired near his left ear. (Photo: AP)

New York: Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel was forced to seek medical treatment after Princess Astrid fired a starter's pistol signaling the start of a 20K road race in Brussels.

Prime Minister Michel was standing too close to Princess Astrid at one of the routine ceremonial appearances during a show up at a 20K race, wave to the crowd and cheer as the runners bolt from a starting line and dash through the streets of Brussels.

 

Michel has been suffering hearing loss since a starter pistol, signaling the beginning of the race, was fired near his left ear, CNN quoted the Prime Minister's spokesman, Barend Leyts, as saying.

Michel, 41, is following a series of treatments for the injury and is still coming to work between doctor appointments, Leyts said.

The Prime Minister had to cancel a meeting at Parliament on Tuesday morning, but his schedule has not been cleared and his office is going about things as normally as possible, Leyts said.

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