IPC pay tribute following death of Paralympic champion

Chinese swimmer Wenpan Huang was killed in a car crash on Friday 17 Mar 2018
a male Para swimmer on the podium

Five-time Paralympic champion Wenpan Huang has died at the age of 22

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International Paralympic Committee (IPC) President Andrew Parsons has sent his condolences to the family, friends and teammates of Chinese Paralympic swimming champion Wenpan Huang who died on Friday (16 March).

Huang, a 22-year-old five-time gold medallist and one-time silver medallist from the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, was killed in a car accident on Friday (16 March) in Hongya County, a country of Sichuan Province in China. He was an S3 class swimmer who picked up five golds and a bronze at last December’s World Para Swimming Championships in Mexico City.

Andrew Parsons, IPC President, said: “It is absolutely devastating news that one of the world’s best Para swimmers has been killed in a car accident. The thoughts of the whole Paralympic Movement are with his family, friends, and teammates.

“Wenpan was one of a new breed of exceptionally talented athletes with high support needs. At Rio 2016 he was one of the star performers picking up five gold medals and setting five world records along the way. He will be a sad loss to the whole World Para Swimming community.”