A paralympic javelin star has died after being struck by a metal pole as he trained for next week’s World Championships.
Abdullah Hayayei, 36, was in London with his teammates when the incident occurred on Tuesday night.
Emergency services were called to reports of a ‘seriously injured man’ just after 5pm as witnesses described seeing a man receive resuscitation on the green outside the building.
The sportsman, from the United Arab Emirates, was pronounced dead at the scene twenty minutes later.
Mr Hayayei was due to compete in the shot put, discus and javelin events in the World Championship on Friday.
Police say his family and teammates have been informed of the tragic news.
The leisure centre was closed off to the public for the rest of the evening while a police cordon was in place around the venue as health and safety investigated.
A spokesman for the Metropolitan 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.
Last September, Hayayei made his Paralympic debut at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. He finished sixth in the javelin F34 and seventh in shot put F34.
London 2017 was to be Hayayei’s second World Championships. At the 2015 event in Doha, Qatar, he finished fifth in the discus F34 and eighth in shot put F34. He was set to compete in the shot put, discus and javelin F34 events.
During Friday’s Opening Ceremony at the London Stadium a moment of silence will be held in honour of Hayayei’s death.