ATH­LET­ICS

UAE para-ath­lete dead while train­ing

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

United Arab Emi­rates paraath­lete Ab­dul­lah Hayayei has died fol­low­ing a train­ing in­ci­dent cast­ing a pall over the World Para-ath­let­ics cham­pi­onships which be­gin in Lon­don on Fri­day. He was 36. Hayayei, who was set to com­pete in the shot put, dis­cus and javelin F34 events, suf­fered the fa­tal in­jury while train­ing in Lon­don on Tues­day. Al­though the emer­gency ser­vices were called, he was pro­nounced dead at the scene-those that wit­nessed the tragedy have been of­fered coun­selling. “Po­lice, Lon­don Am­bu­lance Ser­vice and Lon­don’s Air Am­bu­lance were called shortly after 17:00hrs (1600 GMT) on Tues­day, 11 July, to re­ports of a se­ri­ously in­jured man at Ne­wham Leisure Cen­tre,” Lon­don’s Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice said in a state­ment sent to AFP. “The man was pro­nounced dead at the scene at 17:20hrs. At this early stage, it is be­lieved the man was struck by a metal pole which formed part of train­ing fa­cil­i­ties at the cen­tre.

“The man was a com­peti­tor at the World Para Ath­letic Cham­pi­onships be­ing held in Lon­don. His next of kin have been in­formed.” The train­ing venue-one of two al­lo­cated to the ath­lete­shas been closed while po­lice pur­sue their in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to Ma­jid Rashed, pres­i­dent of the Asian Par­a­lympic Com­mit­tee, the fa­ther of five died as a re­sult of the throw­ing cage col­laps­ing onto him. “I can say the throw­ing cage col­lapsed on the ath­lete’s head,” he said. “We don’t have any more in­for­ma­tion about how that hap­pened, what was the rea­son, or what the de­tails are.”

Philip Craven, long-time chair­man of the In­ter­na­tional Par­a­lympic Com­mit­tee (IPC) but who is step­ping down later this year, said it was dev­as­tat­ing news. There were dis­cus­sions as to whether to post­pone the open­ing of the cham­pi­onships but it was de­cided to go ahead as planned and the UAE team are also will­ing to com­pete.

“We are all truly dev­as­tated by this tragic news and the pass­ing of Ab­dul­lah,” he said. “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 a state of shock at this ter­ri­ble tragedy.” Hayayei com­peted at the 2015 world cham­pi­onships in Doha, fin­ish­ing fifth in the dis­cus F34 and eighth in shot put F34, as well as in last year’s Par­a­lympics, fin­ish­ing sixth in the javelin F34 and sev­enth in shot put F34. A mo­ment of si­lence will be held in honour of Hayayei dur­ing Fri­day’s open­ing cer­e­mony at Lon­don Sta­dium. — AFP

Ab­dul­lah Hayayei

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