A UAE Paralympic athlete died following a training ground incident in London, according to the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).
In a statement, the organising committee said Abdullah Hayayei, 36, a thrower in the F34 class, was training at Newham Leisure Centre in preparation for the World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 when the incident took place.
Emergency services were called shortly after 17.00 to reports of a seriously injured man. Police, London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance attended the scene. At 17.20 the athlete was pronounced dead at the scene.
The athlete’s family who are in the UAE have been informed of his death and the UAE team were brought together at the team hotel to be informed of the tragic news, the IPC said.
IPC president Sir Philip Cravensaid: “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 state of shock at this terrible tragedy.”
Last September, Hayayei made his Paralympic debut at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. He finished sixth in the javelin F34 and seventh in shot put F34.
London 2017 was to be Hayayei’s second world championships. He was set to compete in the shot put, discus and javelin F34 events.
During Friday’s opening ceremony at the London Stadium a moment of silence will be held in honour of Hayayei’s death.