A Paralympic athlete has died after a throwing cage fell and struck him on his head while training at a leisure centre in east London. Discus ace Abdullah Hayayei was preparing for the World Para Athletics Championships London 2017, which begin on Friday.
Majid Rashed, vice president of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) National Paralympic Committee, told a news conference: “The throwing cage collapsed on the athlete’s head. Other than that we don’t have any other information.” He said the details of how and why the cage fell were being investigated by the authorities.
Emergency services were called to Newham Leisure Centre at around 5pm on Tuesday after receiving reports that a man had been seriously injured. Hayayei was pronounced dead at the scene. The Met Police said: “At this early stage it is believed the man was struck by a metal pole which formed part of training facilities at the centre.”