Iranian cyclist Sarafaz Bahman Golbarnezhad has died after a crash a day before the closing ceremony of the Paralympic Games in Brazil. Paul Chapman reports.
Paralymic cyclist dies after crash
News that Iranian cyclist Sarafraz Bahman Golbarnezhad had died after crashing during a race on Saturday was confirmed by Paralympic Games officials in Brazil.
It’s the first such death since the Games began in 1960 and came just a day before the closing ceremony.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) SIR PHILIP GREEN, PRESIDENT OF THE INTERNATIONAL PARALYMPIC COMMITTEE, SAYING:
“The most sincere and deep condolences from the Paralympic family – and I think that’s important, from ‘the family’ – go to the Islamic Republic of Iran’s National Paralympic Committee.”
The 48-year-old cyclist crashed on a mountainous stretch of the course in Rio and was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at hospital.
Paralympic cycling officials are promising a full inquiry.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) PIERS JONES, SPORTS DIRECTOR OF CYCLING GOVERNING BODY UCI, SAYING:
“We’re looking to try to gather as much information as we can from people in the area, from people who were in the convoy, to try to build up as clear a picture as we can.”
A moment of silence was due to take place on Sunday during the closing ceremony.