The SASCOC (South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee) President Gideon Sam issued the following statement -
“This is indeed terrible news to start 2013 with. Burry was the epitome of an Olympic athlete – talented, ultra-competitive but at the same time extremely humble and a true gentleman.
“SASCOC, the cycling fraternity, and the entire South African sporting community mourns his passing and sends our prayers to his wife and family.
“I’m totally shattered because athletes of Burry’s calibre are not easily replaced. It’s an enormous loss to the entire cycling family.
“I’ve said this time and again but it is really time to work even harder at protecting both our runners and cyclists who used the roads daily to do their training.”
Our thoughts go out to Burry's family and friends during this very sad time.