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The body of the mountain biker from Kathmandu who drowned yesterday after falling into a river during an international race in Sri Lanka has been recovered, police said.

Narayan Gopal Maharjan was swept to his death after falling into the River at Kuda Oya.

“We have recovered the body from a nearby reservoir,” a police official in the area was quoted as saying by AFP. 

National carrier Sri Lankan Airlines, which hosted the five-day race known as “Rumble in the Jungle”, announced it would be cancelling the event after the tragedy.

There were 39 competitors in the race, mostly foreigners including riders from the UK, Germany, Italy and Switzerland. Besides Maharjan, Ajay Pandit Chhetri and Buddhi Bahadur Tamang (Roan) had participated from Nepal.

Rumble in the Jungle – Sri Lanka’s premier mountain bike stage race, takes riders from hot and humid jungles, through mountain hugging tea plantations and across the island’s highest plateau. 

Along the riders need to wade across rivers, ride through jungle, which is home to wild elephants, leopards and snakes, tackle high altitude climbs and negotiate bone clattering rocky descents.

Via a network of rarely travelled off road trails, Rumble in the Jungle takes riders through the diverse terrain and climate unique to Sri Lanka. Intense humidity, leeches, baking sun, torrential rain, mud, sand, rock and over 7,000 metres of ascent combine to make this race the adventure of a lifetime, on one of the world’s most idyllic islands.


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