Charles Michel treated after starting gun fired for Brussels 20K

Cheryl Sanders
May 31, 2017

Michel says he has been suffering hearing loss since a starter pistol, signaling the beginning of the race, was sacked near his left ear.

Princess Astrid's spokesman Pierre Emmanuel De Bauw said that she was also startled by the loud sound but did not suffer any hearing damage.

The PM underwent further medical tests on Monday and Tuesday, and had to skip an appearance in parliament for a presentation of a national investment plan, according to the spokesman.

The setback comes just days after Michel welcomed US President Donald Trump to Brussels.

Princess Astrid is the youngest sister of King Philippe and neither she nor the royal family has commented on the accident.

The pistol was sacked by Princess Astrid, the youngest sister of Belgium's King Philippe, on Sunday at the start of a 20km run through Brussels. The 20km (12.4 mile) road race on Sunday is an annual event and the princess took part alongside 40,000 other runners after pulling the trigger.

Barend Leyts stated, "The Prime Minister had to undergo a series of treatments in the 48 hours following the incident".

Belgian paper Le Soir reported that Trump complemented the Belgian chocolates presented to him as a gift, while complaining about the difficulties he experienced as he tried building golf courses in Europe.

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