Mogadishu: A Somali sprinter, who was member of the Olympic team at the 2008 Beijing Games, died during an attempt to reach the Italian shores on a boat full of migrants, the AKI news agency reported.
Samia Yusuf Omar, born in 1991, departed from Libyan shores but the boat she travelled in sank in April, the Somali National Olympic Committee said.
"Samia died trying to reach the West. She took a boat from Libya to reach Italy. But she never arrived," said former Somali 1,500-metre champion Abdi Bile.