Cycling

Belgian cyclist Cuylits dies

2012-10-31 15:51
Gunther Cuylits (File)

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso - Burkina Faso's Ministry of Sports says Belgian cyclist Gunther Cuylits died from cardiac arrest soon after attending Sunday's closing ceremony for the Tour du Faso.

He was 37.

Cuylits, a former member of Belgium's Landbouwkrediet-Colnago team, had finished eighth in his fourth Tour du Faso.

Jeremy Nion, spokesperson for the Burkina Faso cycling federation, said on Wednesday that Cuylits had "actively" taken part in the ceremony, where he was dancing on stage two hours before collapsing in a restaurant in the capital Ouagadougou.

Nion said that Cuylit's father was expected to arrive in the West African country in the next 48 hours "to visit the place where his son has died" and accompany the body back to Belgium.

The sports ministry said Cuylits was a "great friend" of Burkina Faso.

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