An Iranian cyclist was killed during a road race at the
in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday, officials confirm.
International Paralympic Committee
announced in a statement
that Bahman Golbarnezhad, 48, crashed at around 10:40 a.m. on a mountainous stretch of the course during the men’s C4-5 road race. He was treated at the scene but taken to a hospital when he went into cardiac arrest. He was pronounced dead at Unimed Rio Hospital in Barra shortly after arrival.
“The Paralympic family is united in grief at this horrendous tragedy which casts a shadow over what have been great Paralympic Games here in Rio,” International Paralympic Committee president Sir Philip Carven said.
“This is very sad news for sport and for the Paralympic movement. Our hearts and prayers are with Bahman’s family, his teammates and all the people of Iran,” Carlos Nuzman, President of Rio 2016, added in the statement.
Following Golbarnezhad’s death, the Iranian flag was lowered to half-mast in the Paralympic Village, according to the statement. It will also held at half-mast at the Rio Centro venue on Sunday, where Bosnia and Herzegovina will square off in a gold medal sitting volleyball match. A moment of silence will also be held during the Closing Ceremony on Sunday.
On Wednesday, Golbarnezhad competed in the time trial C4 race in Brazil, finishing 14th. He also competed in the 2012 London Paralympic Games and took up the sport in 2002, according to the statement.
This is not the first major accident during the Olympic Games in Rio. During the Olympics in August, Dutch cyclist Annemiek van Vleuten
after she sustained a concussion after a nasty fall in a particularly treacherous descent on the Vista Chinesa circuit. That circuit was not part of the Paralympic course.