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UAE Athlete Dies After Inden London Training Ground Incident

UAE Athlete Dies After Inden London Training Ground Incident

Abdullah Hayayei of UAE died suddenly during training, casting a dark cloud over this year’s World Para-athletics Championships which begin Friday. He was 36.

He competed at the 2015 world championships in Doha and came fifth in both discus and shot put for athletes with physical disabilities F34 class.


The Paralympic Games are an international sports event that recognizes athletes with various forms of disability. Held every four years, these games provide athletes a platform to demonstrate their talents, inspire people, and make life-changing changes worldwide. As an embodiment of human spirit, these events break down barriers that might otherwise limit us; you can even watch them online!

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In 1948, the Paralympic Games first came to life at Stoke Mandeville Hospital near London where neurosurgeon Ludwig Guttman treated paraplegic patients who had suffered spinal injuries during World War II. To accelerate their rehabilitation process and help expedite healing more rapidly, Guttman saw that sport could play an essential part in rehabilitation – so he began wheelchair racing events on hospital grounds, which quickly attracted international interest.

Over the years, the Games have continued to expand in size and scope. At the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing, 4,200 athletes from 147 nations competed across 20 sports under Olympic principles in 20 sports competition. Furthermore, six disability classifications exist including spinal cord injuries to visually impaired participants.

Paralympism stands out for promoting diversity and inclusivity through its participants, many of whom represent different backgrounds. Furthermore, this event has an educational component intended to increase understanding about disability as well as encourage young people to participate in sport.

At the Tokyo 2020 closing ceremony, the flame was extinguished in an impressive show that truly celebrated all that the Games could offer. A spectacular fireworks show marked by video montage celebrated highlights of an exciting competition; China led with 96 golds and 207 overall medals to win overall victory more than two times greater than runners-up Great Britain.

At the ceremony, hip-hop artist Pone used his music as an expression of human intelligence and proved that disabilities do not prevent achievement. His performance reminded the audience that disability should never stand in the way of success.

Newham Leisure Centre

Newham Leisure Centres provide young people with an abundance of activities for young people ranging from football and basketball, swimming and gym to meeting other young people and socialising in a safe, fun and welcoming environment. However, all young people must always be accompanied by an adult.

London Borough of Newham is in search of an operating partner to manage its leisure centers, with expectations that this person work closely with local communities and deliver key strategic drivers such as Community Wealth Building Strategy and Achieve a Healthier Borough. The contract will run until 2024.

An event was recently hosted to discuss the council’s new leisure management contract procurement with suppliers, specifically providers of public and private facilities, sports development, and community services. Guests attended in hopes that participation would boost participation in the procurement process.

As expected, it is expected that the new operator will provide innovative and sustainable solutions that enhance customer experiences, and raise satisfaction levels across the borough. It should provide new facilities as well as increase participation in sports and physical activity to demonstrate health benefits of service provision.

Newham Council has officially disallowed the possibility of bringing back Balaam Leisure Centre in Plaistow after it was closed due to “very serious structural problems.” They had announced earlier that this month they would close it and use any proceeds towards refurbishing other leisure centres instead.

Manor Park Fitness Centre on High Street North will close on November 30 to make way for 80 affordable homes, but customers will still receive alternative membership arrangements from the council. It has already begun communicating with members to assist in finding suitable alternatives fitness facilities.

The council plans to open a new leisure centre in Canning Town. Subject to cabinet approval, 3-5 Beckton Road and Oak Crescent Open space have been identified as potential sites and resident consultation will also take place during surveys, environmental analysis and pre-planning application application talks.


Hayayei was training at Newham Leisure Centre in east London ahead of Friday’s opening ceremony of the Paralympics, where a moment of silence will be observed in his memory. 

Hayayei had competed in Rio’s F34 category for athletes with moderate to severe hypertonia and achieved sixth-place in javelin throw. His father, retired Lieutenant General Dr SP Kochhar a former associate at public policy think tank NITI Aayog was quoted on social media saying he is in London trying to collect the remains of his daughter Cheistha who was 33 and studying her PhD degree from London School of Economics.

Police investigation

An UAE athlete training for the World Para Athletic Championships in London has tragically died after his metal discus cage collapsing during training session. Police and an air ambulance were called immediately, but unfortunately he could not be saved; police will pay their respects at Friday’s opening ceremony at London Stadium with a moment of silence being observed in his memory.

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Accident occurred during a training session for competition that begins this Friday, according to police. His next of kin were informed immediately while this incident has been forwarded on to Health and Safety Executive for review.

British media reported that six men have been detained on suspicion of manslaughter by gross negligence for an athlete’s death at Newham Leisure Centre in London, according to British police reports. 

An athlete, yet unknown, was struck on the head during training session when an overhead pole from his cage fell during training session and struck him on the head, according to British media accounts. Newham Leisure Centre remains closed pending police’s investigation of what led up to this accident.

In December, another Emirati citizen was falsely accused of being an Islamic militant by police in Hudson, Ohio. Authorities claim Saif Nasser Mubarak Alameri was driving recklessly when his car was sideswiped by another car and overturned; when Alameri fled from the scene he was later located by officers hiding out in woods nearby.

UAE diplomats have been closely following the investigation, according to a ministry spokesman. He noted that both the UAE government and embassies were deeply saddened by this event. Following further clarification by authorities of this “painful incident”, more extensive statements will be issued by the ministry, according to him.

IPC President Gary Hayayei says his death has left them “devastated.” Hayayei first made his Paralympic Games debut at Rio 2016 Paralympic Games competing in javelin and shot put. At that event he finished fifth for discus throwing and eighth in shot put respectively; then competed at 2015 World Championships in Doha finishing fifth for discus throwing (F34 category) before placing sixth for javelin (F34) at World Paralympics 2016.


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