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12 Injured When Hotel Entry Collapses

September 21, 1993

BEIJING (AP) _ A concrete overhang at the front entrance of the Great Wall Sheraton hotel collapsed Tuesday, injuring 12 people, including eight foreigners.

The accident occurred just two days before the International Olympic Committee decides whether to award the 2000 Olympic Games to Beijing or one of four other cities.

Jackie Seah, hotel sales director, said seven people were hospitalized and five others - including two hotel employees - were treated and released. She declined to give the condition of those hospitalized.

Those injured were three guests from Peru, two from Uruguay, two from Argentina, one German and four Chinese, she said.

When the Great Wall Sheraton opened in Beijing in 1984 as a joint U.S.-China venture, it was among the nation’s most expensive hotels. Since then, many others have sprung up in China to accommodate businessmen and tourists.

Beijing plans to build more hotels if it gets the Olympic Games, but there are frequent stories of shoddy construction in China. In its inspection report, the Olympic Committee voiced concern about Beijing’s infrastructure.

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