Sunday, 18 September 2016

Paralympic Athlete dies after crash in Rio

Iranian athlete Bahman Golbarnezhad, 48, suffered cardiac arrest after a crash on a "mountainous stretch" of circuit and died according to the International Paralympic Committee.

After the crash he was immediately treated and transported to a hospital for further treatment."The ambulance he was in diverted to the nearby Unimed Rio Hospital in Barra where he passed away soon after arrival" 

Golbarnezhad also competed at the London Paralympics in 2012. Ongoing investigations are on as to the cause of death of this great athlete.

The Iranian flag has been lowered to half-mast in the Paralympic Village and a period of silence will be observed during Sunday's closing ceremony.

Masoud Ashrafi, the secretary general of Iran's National Paralympic Committee, said it had requested the body of Golbarnezhad be flown to Iran on Sunday. The Committee also asked for a full report of the incident from the IPC.

Ashrafi added: "He had been cycling for 12 years and he was our best cyclist. He was married and has a wife and one son.

"He was the kind of man who was a family man. He loved his family."
Golbarnezhad's death is the first in competition at a summer Olympics or Paralympics since Danish cyclist Knud Enemark Jensen in the 100km team time trial at the 1960 Rome Olympics.


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