2024 Olympics: an athlete selected for the kitefoil events dies in an accident

A tragic disappearance a few days before the start of the Paris Olympic Games. Jackson James Rice died in a diving accident last weekend, his father confirmed to the Matangi Tonga newspaper. He was snorkeling when he passed out in shallow water. His body was found off the island of Foa by other divers. Resuscitation attempts failed.

The young man was born in the United States to parents of British origin, but grew up in Ha’apai, Tonga, where his parents operate a tourist lodge, details The Guardian. Jackson James Rice had to defend the colors of his adopted country in kitefoil. “I’ve lived in Tonga all my life, I consider myself a Tongan, I don’t see myself as anything else,” he explained earlier in May.

A new discipline for the 2024 Olympics

This sport, also called Formula Foil, is a new discipline of the Games, the event of which will take place next August in Marseille. In this discipline, the athlete stands on a board, under which the foil, a kind of fin, is fixed. It allows the rider who reaches a certain speed to take off and be towed using the sail.

“I was lucky to have the most extraordinary brother in the whole world and his death hurts me,” his sister Lily wrote in a message on Facebook. He was an incredible kitefoiler and would have left the Olympics with a medal. » During the Sail Sydney, which was held in December in Australia, his eighth place assured him qualification for the Games.

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