Para-athlete Abdullah Hayayei died after a discus cage collapsed on him as he trained in London ahead of the upcoming World Para-athletics Championships.

The 36-year-old, who was due to represent the United Arab Emirates in the F34 class discus, javelin and shot put, was training at Newham Leisure Centre on Tuesday in preparation for the championships which begin at the London Stadium on Friday.

An ongoing police investigation meant International Paralympic Committee and London 2017 chiefs were unable to divulge details of the tragic incident at a press conference at the Olympic Park on Wednesday.

Majid Rashed confirmed a discus cage had collapsed
Majid Rashed confirmed a discus cage had collapsed (Victoria Jones/PA)

But Majid Rashed, president of the Asian Paralympic Committee, confirmed: “I can say the throwing cage collapsed on the athlete’s head.

“We don’t have any more information about how that happened, what was the reason, or what the details are.”

London 2017 would have been Hayayei’s second World Championships and he was due to compete in the shot put, discus and javelin F34 events.

At the 2015 championships in Doha, Qatar, Hayayei came fifth in the discus and finished eighth in shot put.

An International Paralympic Committee (IPC) statement said: “The athlete’s family who are in the UAE have been informed of his death and the UAE team were brought together at the team hotel to be informed of the tragic news.”

IPC president Sir Philip Craven said: “We are all truly devastated by this tragic news and the passing of Abdullah.

“The thoughts, prayers and condolences of the whole Paralympic movement are with Abdullah’s family, friends and team-mates as well as the whole of the National Paralympic Committee of the UAE. We are all in a state of shock at this terrible tragedy.”

A moment of silence will be held to remember Hayayei during Friday’s opening ceremony.

Ed Warner, co-chair of London 2017, added: “This is a devastating event and everyone within the London 2017 organising committee is shocked and saddened.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with all of Abdullah’s family and team-mates at what is undoubtedly a very difficult time for them. We will be working closely with all the competitors and teams over the days ahead to offer support wherever it is needed.”