Minute’s silence for tragic cyclist Bahman Golbarnezhad at Paralympics closing ceremony
on September 19, 2016 | 9:16:22
Athletes and sports fans held a minute’s silence for Iranian cyclist Bahman Golbarnezhad Rio Paralympics closing ceremony .
The 48-year-old died on Saturday after suffering a cardiac arrest following an horrific crash in the men’s C4/C5 road race in Rio.
It is the first time an athlete has died at the Paralympic Games.
The crash happened at a right-hand bend on Avenida Estado da Guanabara on the hilly Grumari circuit.
He was taken to hospital by ambulance and died.
Athletes observe a minute of silence in memory of Iran’s cyclist Bahman Golbarnezhad who died after crashing in a road race during the Paralympic Games, during the closing ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016. Mauro Pimentel AP Photo
The IPC president, Sir Philip Craven, said: “This is an absolutely tragic day for the Paralympic movement and also the Games here in Rio.
“The Paralympic family is united in grief at this horrendous tragedy, which casts a shadow over what have been great Paralympic Games.”
Golbarnezhad, who also competed at the London 2012 Paralympics, was Iran’s sole cyclist at the Rio Games.
The married father of one had his lower left leg amputated following injuries sustained during the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s.