Para-Athlete Abdullah Hayayei Dies at Age 36 After Training Ground Accident

Patrice Gainsbourg
Julho 12, 2017

Abdullah Hayayei, 36, died at Newham Leisure Centre in east London last night.

Tributes from around the world have been pouring in for Hayayei, who competed in a number of events including the javelin, discus and shot-put and made his Paralympic debut in Rio past year.

The Health and Safety Executive was today launching an investigation after javelin star Abdullah Hayayei was killed at Newham Leisure Centre.

Hayayei was preparing to compete in his second World Championships after finishing eighth in the shot put competition in the 2015 edition. "We are all in a state of shock at this bad tragedy".

"We are all truly devastated by this tragic news and the passing of Abdullah", IPC President Philip Craven said in a statement. At this early stage, it is believed the man was struck by a metal pole which formed part of training facilities at the center.

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Ed Warner, the co-chair of London 2017, said that "this is a devastating event and everyone within the London 2017 Organising Committee is shocked and saddened".

The athlete was pronounced dead at the scene after being attended to by London Ambulance Service and London's Air Ambulance, who were responding "to reports of a seriously injured man". "London's condolences are with his family, friends and teammates".

Ian Gallagher, Managing Director of activeNewham said: "Our thoughts are with the Abdullah Hayayei family at this time".

A minute's silence will be held as a mark of respect to Hayayei during the Opening Ceremony of the Championships at the Olympic Stadium on Friday (July 14).

"We will be working closely with all the competitors and teams over the days ahead to offer support wherever it is needed". In London, he was set to compete in the shot put, discus, and javelin F34 events.

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