Tragedy Hits The Paralympics As Iranian Cyclist Dies After Crash

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An Iranian cyclist has died after crashing in a road race at the Rio de Janeiro Paralympics.

According to the International Paralympics Committee (IPC), Bahman Golbarnezhad, 48, died in a Rio hospital where he was taken to after receiving emergency treatment on the course.

This is truly heart-breaking news, and the thoughts and condolences of the whole Paralympic Movement are with Bahman’s family, friends, and teammates, as well as the whole of the National Paralympic Committee of Iran,” IPC President Philip Craven said.

The IPC said it believes this is the first death in a Paralympics.

Golbarnezhad crashed about 10:40am local time on Saturday on a mountainous stretch of the road cycling course. The IPC said he suffered cardiac arrest on the way to the hospital.

The cause of the crash was not clear, and officials said it was being investigated.

The Paralympic family is united in grief at this horrendous tragedy, which casts a shadow over what have been great Paralympic Games,” Mr Craven added.

The Iranian flag was lowered to half-mast in the Paralympic Village, and at the venue where Iran faces Bosnia and Herzegovina in a men’s sitting volleyball final on Sunday.

A moment of silence will also be held at Sunday’s closing ceremony in Maracana Stadium.


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