A reporter died and at least three other people were injured on Tuesday in a gas leak explosion at a sports gymnasium in the southeastern Venezuelan city of Puerto Ordaz during competition at the 15th National Student Games.

"Within the framework of the school games, during the judo competition, there was an accident - the explosion of a gas cylinder - in which two officials and a special athlete were injured," said Sports Minister Alejandra Benitez, according to remarks made to state-run TV channel Venezolana de Television.

The person killed was identified as reporter Izvet Rebolledo, who worked for the Venezuelan Sports Ministry's press department, Benitez said.

"It's a hard blow for national sports, a hard blow for the institution, for the national government," she said.

The blast occurred at the Hermanas Gonzalez Gymnasium, which is part of the CTE Cachamay sports complex, one of Venezuela's most modern sports centers. EFE