RÍO DE JANEIRO (Sputnik) – Brazilian Olympic diver Ian Matos, who was a member of the national team that played the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, died at age 32 due to a lung infection, the Brazilian Olympic Committee (COB) reported.
“We deeply regret having received the sad news of the untimely death of Ian Matos, 32-year-old Olympic jumper. Team Brazil appreciates all his contribution to the evolution of the sport,” the COB posted on Twitter.
Matos had been hospitalized since October 30 in a hospital on Ilha Governador, in the city of Rio de Janeiro, where he arrived with a throat infection, the state-run Brazil Agency said.
The jumper’s clinical condition evolved into a pulmonary complication that worsened on Monday night, and he died on Tuesday the 21st.
Matos was born in Muaná, in the Amazonian state of Pará (north), and began to excel in the sport at an early age, in the Junior Pan American Championship in 2003 and in the Junior World Championship in 2004, the COB recalled in a statement.
Then, he moved to Brasilia in search of further development, and in 2010 he qualified for the South American Games in Medellín, the note adds.
“Ian has enjoyed a successful career and was part of the Brazilian team at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara 2011, Toronto 2015, and Lima 2019, as well as the World Water Sports Championships, World Cups, South American Championships, and the Rio Olympic Games. 2016 “, the committee reviews.