Iranian cyclist Golbarnezhad dies in Rio Paralympics road race crash

| Updated: Aug 23, 2017 11:20 IST

Johannesburg [South Africa], Sept.18 (ANI): Iranian cyclist Bahman Golbarnezhad has died following a crash in the men's C4/C5 road race at the ongoing Rio Paralympics, the International Paralympics Committee confirmed. The International Paralympics Committee (IPC) revealed that the Iranian cyclist crashed on a mountainous stretch of the road cycling course and suffered a cardiac arrest on the way to the hospital. According to Sport24, the 48-year-old para-athlete had received an emergency treatment at the scene of the accident before being taken to a local hospital, where officials announced him dead. IPC President Philip Craven expressed heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and teammates of Golbarnezhad, who was competing in the C4-5 races for athletes with lower limb impairments or amputations. It was Golbarnezhad's second race in Rio de Janeiro. He had earlier finished 14th in the time trial. A moment of silence will also be observed at Sunday's closing ceremony at the Maracana Stadium. (ANI)