Basketball World Cup: Serbia's Borisa Simanic has kidney removed

Borisa Simanic holds the basketball in front of Nuni Omot
Borisa Simanic has won three Serbian League titles with Crvena Zvezda

Serbia's Borisa Simanic has had surgery to remove a kidney after suffering an injury at the Basketball World Cup.

Simanic was hit in the stomach by South Sudan's Nuni Omot as Serbia won 115-83 in the Philippines on 30 August.

He had surgery on the day of the incident, but "due to complications" a second operation took place on Sunday.

Team doctor Dragan Radovanovic said: "[We] expect that after this operation, the post-operative course will go smoothly."

The 25-year-old power forward - who plays for Zaragoza - is being monitored at a hospital in Manila.

Officials saw no foul play when the incident took place at Smart Araneta Coliseum, in Quezon City, but Omot has issued an apology.

"As a sportsman, I first hand understand the severity of his situation and I am deeply sorry that this happened," Omot said.

"No player should have to go through that."

The South Sudan Basketball Federation subsequently released a statement condemning the "racism and harassment" suffered by Omot since the incident.

"Basketball is a sport that is recognised to bring people together rather than to be used as a tool of prejudice," it said.

"We extend prayers and best wishes to Borisa Simanic."

The 19th edition of the World Cup is being co-hosted by the Philippines, Japan and Indonesia.

Serbia beat Lithuania 87-68 on Tuesday to reach the semi-finals, where they will face either Canada or Slovenia.