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Iranian cyclist Golbarnezhad dies following road crash at Paralympics

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Bahman Golbarnezhad has died following a crash in the men's C4/C5 road race at the Rio Paralympics in Pontal, Rio de Janeiro on Saturday.

Bahman Golbarnezhad has died following a crash in the men's C4/C5 road race at the Rio Paralympics in Pontal, Rio de Janeiro on Saturday.

Golbarnezhad from Shiraz was treated at the scene of the accident before being taken to a local hospital. He suffered a heart attack as he was being transferred to hospital and later died. He was 48.

Iran's NPC announced the tragic news before the IPC issued a statement.

The IPC statement read: "It is with deep sadness and regret that the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) confirms the death of the Iranian Para cyclist Bahman Golbarnezhad following an accident in this morning's (September 17) road race at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.


"Golbarnezhad, 48, was involved in a crash at around 1040 (1440BST) on the first section of the Grumari loop, a mountainous stretch of the course.

 

 


"The athlete received treatment at the scene and was in the process of being taken to the athlete hospital when he suffered a cardiac arrest.

"The ambulance then diverted to the nearby Unimed Rio Hospital in Barra where he passed away soon after arrival."

The IPC statement added: "The athlete's family who are in Iran was informed this afternoon and the Iranian team was brought together in the Athlete Village earlier this evening and told of the news.
"An investigation into the circumstances of the accident has been launched."
The IPC said the Iranian flag has been lowered to half-mast in the athletes' village.
The Paralympic flag will also be flown at half-mast in the Paralympic Village and at the Riocentro venue where Iran on Sunday play Bosnia and Herzegovina in the sitting volleyball gold medal match.
A moment of silence will be held during Sunday night's closing ceremony.

Sep 19, 2016 15:28
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