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Paralympic athlete dies in tragic London training ground incident days before World Championships

Mirror logo Mirror 12/07/2017 Mick Gadd
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A Paralympic athlete has died in London while training for the World Para Championships.

The International Paralympic Committee announced the death of United Arab Emirates thrower Abdullah Hayayei after a "training ground incident".

Hayayei, 36, was training at Newham Leisure Centre in East London in preparation for the event, which starts on Friday.

"Emergency services were called shortly after 17:00 to reports of a seriously injured man," a statement said.

"Police, London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance attended the scene. At 17:20 the athlete was pronounced dead at the scene."

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The UAE team were called to a meeting where they were informed of the tragedy.

IPC president Sir Philip Craven said: “We are all truly devastated by this tragic news and the passing of Abdullah.

"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 state of shock at this terrible tragedy.”

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Hayayei made his Paralympic debut at Rio 2016, finishing sixth in the javelin F34 and seventh in shot put F34.

He was preparing for his second world championships after finishing fifth in the discus F34 and eighth in shot put F34 in DOha in 2015.

He was due to compete in the shot put, discus and javelin F34 events.

A moment of silence will be held Hayayei’s honour during Friday's opening ceremony.

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