Abdullah Hayayei died following a training session ahead of the Paralympic World Championships [Getty]
The javelin star, who also competes in shot put and discus, passed away just days before he was set to compete, after a “metal discus cage fell on his head”, at Newham Leisure Centre.
Majid Al Usaimi, the vice president of the UAE Disabled Sports Federation, confirmed the tragic news to Dubai Sports TV.
“We are overcome by grief, all of the UAE delegation here in London, and are truly shocked by this news, but it is God’s will,” he explained.
A statement from the World Paralympic Championships confirmed Abdullah Hayayei’s death [Twitter]
“We cannot discuss the details of the incident but what I can say is that during afternoon practice for the throwing team, at the official training venue of the competition, Abdullah was going through his usual training routines, before the metal discus cage fell on his head.
“The on-site medical staff tried to help him but to no avail.”
Emergency services were called to the leisure centre just after 5pm on July 11, and pronounced the 36 year old dead at the scene, just 20 minutes later.
Sadiq Khan was one of the first to pay tribute to Abdullah Hayayei [Getty]
A spokesman for the Met Police added: “At this early stage, it is believed the man was struck by a metal pole which formed part of training facilities at the centre.”
The centre remains closed as officers continue their investigation.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan was one of the first to pay his respects to Abdullah, following his death.
Sadiq Khan shared a heartbreaking tribute to Abdullah Hayayei [Sadiq Khan/Twitter]
In a message shared on Twitter, he told his 2.94million followers: “Saddened to hear of the death of UAE Para athlete Abdullah Hayayei. London’s condolences are with his family, friends and teammates.”
The athlete made his Paralympic debut at last year’s Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
A moment of silence will be held during the opening ceremony of the World Championships, at the London Stadium, on July 14.