A Paralympic athlete died after a throwing cage fell and struck him on his head while he trained at a north London leisure centre.
F34 class discus thrower Abdullah Hayayei, from the United Arab Emirates, was preparing for the World Para Athletics Championships London 2017, reports the BBC.
Majid Rashed, vice president of the UAE International Paralympic Committee, told a press conference: “The throwing cage collapsed on the athlete’s head. Other than that we don’t have any other information.”
Details of exactly how the cage fell are still being investigated by the authorities, he added.
Emergency services were called to Newham Leisure Centre around 5pm on Tuesday and Hayayei was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Met Police said: “At this early stage it is believed the man was struck by a metal pole which formed part of training facilities at the centre.”
Truly tragic news. My thoughts and prayers are with the athlete's family, friends and teammates at this time: https://t.co/0XWj8ObMss
— Craig Spence (@craigspence) July 11, 2017
The IPC said two of the 36-year-old athlete’s personal coaches were present but not involved in the incident.
Ed Warner, co-chair of London 2017, said: “This is a devastating event and everyone within the London 2017 Organising Committee is shocked and saddened.
“We will be working closely with all the competitors and teams over the days ahead to offer support wherever it is needed.”
Awful awful news. Thoughts with his family, friends and teammates 😔 https://t.co/zNqQLg6NfV
— Emma Storey (@JournoSpursEmma) July 11, 2017
Sir Philip Craven, president of the International Paralympic Committee, said: “We are all truly devastated by this tragic news and the passing of Abdullah.
“The thoughts, prayers and condolences of the whole Paralympic Movement are with Abdullah’s family, friends and teammates as well as the whole of the National Paralympic Committee of the UAE.
“We are all in a state of shock at this terrible tragedy.”
London 2017 was to be his second World Championships after his debut at Rio 2016.
As well as discus he had competed in a number of events such as the javelin and shot-put.
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