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Paralympian Dies After Suffering Serious Injury During Training

A Paralympian dies during training.

A truly terrible scene unfolded Tuesday.

A paralympic athlete died Tuesday during a training session.

36-year-old Abdullah Hayayei, a thrower from the United Arab Emirates, died from injuries he suffered in a practice session in London.

A statement from Majid Rashed, vice president of the UAE International Paralympic Committee, revealed the cause of Hayayei's death.

"The throwing cage collapsed on the athlete's head."

According to the International Paralympic Committee, Hayayei was scheduled to participate in the World Para Athletics Championships this week.

From the report:

In a statement, the IPC said “emergency services were called shortly after 17:00 to reports of a seriously injured man. At 17:20 the athlete was pronounced dead at the scene.”

Police, London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance attended the scene at the Newham Leisure Centre.

The IPC said the athlete’s family in the UAE had been informed of his death.

Hayayei made his Paralympic debut at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio. He finished 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.

There will be a moment of silence for Hayayei during the opening ceremony on Friday.

[AP News]