Emirati cyclist Mizna Abbullah Ali, a member of al-Wathba cycling team in Dubai, died in a run-over accident on Wednesday while she was training in Meydan area.
News of Mizna’s death went viral on social media as her club and teammates mourned her on Instagram and Twitter.
The manager of al-Wathba cycling team Sulaiman al-Hamadi said that the cyclist sent him a message a few moments before the accident saying: “May God accept your worship” on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan.
He added that Mizna was training to participate in the NAS Sport Tournament next week when a speeding car crashed into her from behind on Wednesday night.
Al-Hamadi said that Mizna was “riding her cycle with one of the teams in Meydan area close to her residence while her team al-Wathba was training in Abu Dhabi, and later on after the cyclists finished training they went to the main road which is the official track for the race due on Sunday…when a speeding car appeared suddenly and she was ran over.”
On behalf of the board members and himself, the president of the UAE Cycling Federation Osama Abdulla Al-Shafar paid his respects and condolences to the late cyclist’s family.
On their part, Dubai Police said that the driver, a Gulf national, has been detained for investigation.