By Lena Sullivan Published 09/18/2016 08:26:00 | Views: 1385
Bahman Golbarnezhad, 48, was involved in a crash in Saturday’s C4-5 road race. (Getty Images)

Iranian cyclist Bahman Golbarnezhad has died at the Paralympic Games following an accident in the C4-5 road race on Saturday.

The 48-year-old was involved in a crash on the first section of the Grumari loop, a mountainous part of the course, at around 10.40am local time.

Golbarnezhad was treated at the scene but suffered a cardiac arrest as he was being taken to hospital. He was pronounced dead shortly after his arrival at the Unimed Rio Hospital in Barra.

The International Paralympic Committee has confirmed that an investigation into the accident has been launched.

Iran’s flag has been lowered to half-mast in the Paralympic Village and a moment of silence will be held during Sunday’s closing ceremony.

‘It is difficult for us to announce this sad news but, with immense regret, we have to say Sarafraz Bahman Golbarnezhad, Iranian cycling champion, has died after an accident while racing in competition in the 2016 Paralympics,’ read a statement from the Iranian Paralympic Committee.

‘He was an exemplary Paralympic sportsman who, with love and energy, tried his best to promote the name of Iran and to make all of us proud and at the end he gave his life for this.

‘All members of the Iranian cultural and sports camp here express condolences to his family and the Iranian nation.

‘The name of Bahman Golbarnezhad will be inscribed in the proud history of Iranian Paralympics.’

By Lena Sullivan 09/18/2016 08:26:00

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