Accident during Paralympics race takes life of Iranian cyclist

Published September 18th, 2016 - 08:19 GMT

An Iranian cyclist died Saturday in an accident that occurred during a road race at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, the organizers said.

Iranian Para cyclist Bahman Golbarnezhad, 48, was involved in a crash at on the first section of a mountainous stretch of the race course, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) said in a statement.

He fell on his head and suffered a cardiac arrest while being transported to hospital, where he died soon after arriving.

"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 (NPC) of Iran," said IPC President Philip Craven.

The Iranian Flag has been lowered to half-staff in the paralympic village and will also be flown at half-staff at the Rio Centro venue where Iran on Sunday will play Bosnia and Herzegovina in the sitting volleyball gold medal match.

A moment of silence will be held Sunday during the closing ceremony for the Paralympic Games.

An investigation into the circumstances of the accident has been launched.

Several serious falls occurred on cycling courses at the Olympics in August. Dutch cyclist Annemiek van Vleuten suffered three lumbar spine fractures and a concussion, Italian Vincenzo Nibali suffered a broken collarbone, Colombian Sergio Henao broke his pelvis and Australian Richie Porte broke his shoulder blade.

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