Iranian cyclist Sarafaz Bahman Golbarnezhad has died after a crash a day before the closing ceremony of the Paralympic Games in Brazil. Paul Chapman reports.
News that Iranian cyclist Sarafraz Bahman Golbarnezhad had died after crashing during a race on Saturday was confirmed by Paralympic Games officials in Brazil. It's the first such death since the Games began in 1960 and came just a day before the closing ceremony. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SIR PHILIP GREEN, PRESIDENT OF THE INTERNATIONAL PARALYMPIC COMMITTEE, SAYING: "The most sincere and deep condolences from the Paralympic family - and I think that's important, from 'the family' - go to the Islamic Republic of Iran's National Paralympic Committee." The 48-year-old cyclist crashed on a mountainous stretch of the course in Rio and was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at hospital. Paralympic cycling officials are promising a full inquiry. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PIERS JONES, SPORTS DIRECTOR OF CYCLING GOVERNING BODY UCI, SAYING: "We're looking to try to gather as much information as we can from people in the area, from people who were in the convoy, to try to build up as clear a picture as we can." A moment of silence was due to take place on Sunday during the closing ceremony.