Para Athlete Killed While Training For World Championships in London

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Abdullah Hayayei isn’t a household name, but, sadly, his name has made headlines in the past 24 hours after he died while training for the World Para Athletics Championships in London.

The UAE athlete, who specializes in the javelin and shot put, was training in a facility just days before the games commence when he was reportedly struck by a metal pole that formed the structure of the discus cage.

There are few details explaining exactly what occurred, but Majid Al Usaimi, the vice president of the UAE Disabled Sports Federation, said to Dubai Sports TV of the tragedy, “We are overcome by grief, all of the UAE delegation here in London, and are truly shocked by this news, but it is God’s will. We cannot discuss the details of the incident but what I can say is that during afternoon practice at the official training venue of the competition, Abdullah was going through his usual training routines, before the metal discus cage fell on his head. The on-site medical staff tried to help him but to no avail.”

A moment of silence is scheduled for the opening ceremony on Friday to honor Hayayei.

Via – [The Guardian]


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