A Para athlete at the World Para Athletics Championships in London has died after being “seriously injured” during practice, according to the AP.
Abdullah Hayayei, a shot put, discus and javelin thrower representing the United Arab Emirates, reportedly died at the scene from his injuries.
“We are all truly devastated by this tragic news and the passing of Abdullah,” IPC President Philip Craven said in a statement. “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.”
Hayayei, 36, also competed in the 2016 Rio Paralympics:
Hayayei made his Paralympic debut at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, finishing sixth in the javelin and seventh in shot put in the F34, a category for seated throws for athletes with impairments typical of conditions such as cerebral palsy or traumatic brain injury.