‘Rumble in the Jungle’ suspended: Nepalese rider dies after falling into Mahaweli

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By Chaturanga Samarawickrama   

A 33-year-old Nepalese off-road cyclist died after falling into the Mahaweli River last evening while participating in an 
off-road bicycle race , Police said.  

 

The race coined ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ was organised by SriLankan Airlines.


 LATE-CITY-DM-2-4They identified the deceased, who had gone into the river with his bicycle, as Narayan Gopal Maharjan.   


They said that the body of the cyclist was found 500 metres from the spot in the river where he fell in and that it would be sent to the Kandy General Hospital.   


Meanwhile, issuing a statement about the unfortunate incident that had taken place, the organisers on their website announced that the adventure themed bicycle race had been suspended following the accident.   


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

 

One rider, a foreign participant, whose team was leading the race, is currently unaccounted for. Search and rescue teams aided by the police are working round the clock to locate the missing rider


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+ metre climbs and face bone-clattering rocky descents,” the ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ website said.   

 


Pic by Ranjith Karunaweera