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Iranian Para athlete passed away after an accident in Rio

It is with deep sadness and regret that the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) confirms the death of the Iranian Para cyclist Bahman Golbarnezhad following an accident road race at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Golbarnezhad, 48, was involved in a crash at around 10:40am on the first section of the Grumari loop, a mountainous stretch of the course. The athlete received treatment at the scene and was in the process of being taken to the athlete hospital when he suffered a cardiac arrest. The ambulance then diverted to the nearby Unimed Rio Hospital in Barra where he passed away soon after arrival.

The athlete’s family who are in Iran was informed this afternoon and the Iranian team was brought together in the Athlete Village earlier this evening and told of the news. Following Golbarnezhad‘s passing the Iranian Flag has been lowered to half-mast in the Paralympic Village. During today’s Closing Ceremony a moment of silence will be held.

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