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Former Arab triathlon champion Roy Nasr dies, his friend injured after being hit by a car in Dubai

Driver, who was under the influence of alcohol, rammed into the hapless victims, says Chief of Dubai Police Traffic Department

  • By Bassma Al Jandaly, Community and Crime Correspondent
  • Published: 11:23 September 6, 2013

  • Image Credit: Gulf News Archives
  • Roy Nasr, seen here at an event in 2005, was killed when his bike was hit by a car on Friday morning.
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Dubai: Former Arab triathlon champion Roy Nasr was killed while another was injured when a drunk driver hit them as they were cycling early on Friday morning near Safa Park interchange, Gulf News has learnt.

Nasr, 49, and a cycling friend whose name was not immediately available, were hit from behind by a car when the drunk driver swerved past the cyclists’ escort vehicle as they pedalled towards Meydan, said a senior police official.

Major General Mohammad Saif Al Zafein, Chief of Dubai Police Traffic Department, said the driver, who was under the influence of alcohol, rammed into the hapless victims.  “A cyclist was killed after he was hit by a car on the Safa Park bridge early morning and another cyclist was also injured in the accident and was rushed to hospital,” said Maj Gen Al Zafein.

Police arrested the driver and a case will be transferred to Traffic Public Prosecution.  According to initial reports, the accident occurred around 5:30am near Safa Park while the cyclists were crossing over to Shaikh Zayed Road.

Nasr, who was COO of Abela & Co, was a past Arab Triathlon champion and finished third at the 2011 World Triathlon Championships in Beijing.   His close friend Ian Le Pelley, with whom he co-founded TriDubai, was lost for words as he confirmed the sad news to Gulf News. “Sad, very sad. I am lost for words,” Le Pelley said.

Nasr, a former Vice-President of HR and Development at Emirates Catering, was one of the most active triathletes in the region. After forming the TriDubai club, Nasr organised a full triathlon series this season starting with the Jones Lang La Salle Super Sprint Triathlon, due to take place at the Jebel Ali Golf Hotel on October 12.

- Also reporting Alaric Gomes, Senior Reporter and Janice Ponce de Leon, Staff Reporter

Comments (9)

  1. Added 18:57 September 6, 2013

    While I did not know him, I can relate to the positive influence people like him provide, as I was an avid competitor in tri-athletics during my days in Dubai. People like Nasr are inspirational role models for the local Arab youth to inspire them toward healthy lifestyles and activities, as well as provide confidence in the face of so many social and cultural dilemmas. May Allah (swt) Grant him Mercy.

    Zeeshan Dogar, Toronto, Canada

  2. Added 18:07 September 6, 2013

    Roy, a true gentleman and fellow competitor, I am reflecting on the hours of blood, sweat and tears that we shared. Today my tears are for a different reason and I am saddened by the way it ended for you my friend. I am sure my emotions are reflected by all those who had the pleasure of meeting and/or competing with or against you. My deepest condolences go to your family. We will miss you xx

    Keith Scarratt, London, United Kingdom

  3. Added 17:39 September 6, 2013

    I woke up today to a big shock . When I have any problem Mr Roy He Solve and today am very sad am feeling my father die again May God bless you for the rest of your soul. My deepest condolences to his wife, son, daughter and Abela Family. May his soul rest in peace. It really is terribly sad. Mr Roy was such a gentleman who gave so back to the sport he loved (and was extremely good at).

    Jawaid Mehboob, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 17:13 September 6, 2013

    This is quite a shock. An inspiring gentleman, Roy was the embodiment of kindness and determination. His smile radiated on his family, friends, colleagues and all those he encountered. He kept the pace no matter what, riding all challenges with quiet confidence. My sincere condoleances to Roy's family and all those who loved him. It is a great loss to us all. Rest in peace my friend.

    Kamal Noun, Toronto, Canada

  5. Added 16:26 September 6, 2013

    Oh my God 2 weeks ago I've just talk to him when they came in Abudhabi media and he was so happy to visit us. He is really a good man and always smiling of all his staff. May God bless you for the rest of your soul Sir Roy Nasr. Condolence to family Nasr. from ffu.

    elizabeth solano, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 15:51 September 6, 2013

    I woke up today to a big shock... RIP ROY NASR. I worked with ROY closely during my tenure at Abela where he was a friend, a colleague and a mentor. A person shining with energy and enthusiasm, a role model and a family man. In addition to be being a great athlete and dedicated to his goals. My deepest condolences to his wife, son, daughter and Abela Family. May his soul rest in peace.

    Sam Mufty, Mississauga, Canada

  7. Added 14:12 September 6, 2013

    It really is terribly sad. Roy was such a gentleman who gave so back to the sport he loved (and was extremely good at). He gave newcomers the warmest welcome possible. A true gent 100% of the time. He gave life his all and lived it to the fullest. It is so sad to see it cut short so abruptly. Thoughts and prayers are with his family.

    Darryl, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 12:58 September 6, 2013

    THIS IS REALLY SHOCKING!!! Roy was a wonderful colleague and a hard working goal oriented sportsman, i knew Roy from being a top tennis player in Dubai from the early 90's and moving on to Cycling and Triathlon . He was an inspiration to many for his sporting achievements and his die hard dedication towards training for his triathlons. I went to Doha to support him at the 2006 Doha Asian Games and was so proud of him. Too young to die in his late 40's. Roy, we are very proud of all your achievements and will always be remembered for your kindness, friendly attitude and inspiring so many of us. R.I.P Roy. My heartfelt condolences to TIna and the children. Ravi

    Ravi Chandran, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 12:50 September 6, 2013

    Having lived in the UAE, the government and traffic police really need to do something with all the people who drive so recklessly.

    amin, nairobi, Kenya