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Rumble in the Jungle: Rider dies; race suspended

13 June 2018 06:51 pm - 9     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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A 33-year-old Nepal off-road cyclist died after he fell into the Mahaweli River this evening, while participating at the Off-Road Bicycle Race Rumble in the Jungle, organised by SriLankan Airlines, the Police said.

They said the deceased had fallen into the river with his bicycle.

They said that the body was found 500 meters away and it would be sent to Kandy General Hospital for further investigations.

Meanwhile, issuing a statement the organisers on their website said the adventure themed bicycle race had been suspended following the contestant was found missing.

“One rider, a foreign participant, whose team was leading the race, is currently unaccounted for. Search and Rescue teams aided by the Sri Lankan Police are working round the clock to locate the missing rider,” it said.

SriLankan Airlines hosted the cross country race-Rumble in the Jungle-for the fourth year running.

“It is a five-stage race series that not only challenges you but is a life changing event that words cannot describe. Taking riders from hot and humid jungles, through mountain-hugging tea plantations and across the island’s highest plateau. Along the way riders will wade across rivers, ride through dense jungles, home to wild elephants, leopards and snakes, tackle 1000+m climbs and face bone-clattering rocky descents,” Rumble in the Jungle website said. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama) .

 

Video by Ranjith Karunaweera

 

 

Pix by Ranjith Karunaweera

 

  Comments - 9

  • Ceylon Wednesday, 13 June 2018 08:00 PM

    God bless his soul.

    Richard Wednesday, 13 June 2018 09:15 PM

    Who the hell in Sri Lanka allowing to have such event. Who will hold responsible for this lost life. Pathetic.

    Nihal Amarasekera Thursday, 14 June 2018 05:06 AM

    Venturing into adventure sport is always a risk taken by the brave and adventurous. RIP brave soul.

    Hadam Thursday, 14 June 2018 06:04 AM

    Where is the safety measures...? Are all rider equipped with emergency distress beacon senders...? And what resque measures in place...? Please investigate. Its someones life for god sakes.

    Aruna Thursday, 14 June 2018 07:11 AM

    LSR Lanka Sportsreisen

    george Thursday, 14 June 2018 07:19 AM

    These fools come to this country believing all the lies Of our tour company and face death here.

    Huna Thursday, 14 June 2018 07:51 AM

    Organizers should be arrested

    Doug Thursday, 14 June 2018 10:39 AM

    We have a lot of this kind of activities started by novices, they have no experience or idea of safety standards. Before getting foreign competitors first should try it out in small scale locally, A bitter lesson at the cost of a young life at its prime.

    Zia Friday, 15 June 2018 01:52 PM

    Such a tragedy. I've been on this race last year. While the risks are there, the organizers have done a consistent job in ensuring our safety, all riders, including back-markers were followed by motorcycles and the independent media coverage was extensive.


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