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China’s sports authorities demand safety after marathon deaths

China’s sports authorities demand safety after marathon deaths

Beijing, May 24 (Prensa Latina) China's sports authorities will tighten security requirements for events such as marathons, following the death of 23 people during different races in complex environments, local press informed on Monday.
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Global Times indicates that the sector’s administration will proceed with strict measures after assessing the incidents occurred this month and revealing mistakes in their organization to respond to emergencies.

This weekend, 21 of 172 participants in a mountain marathon died in a rural area in northwestern Gansu province due to the sudden fall of hail, freezing rain and gales that struck a 30-kilometer high-altitude section of the race.

Asian ultramarathon champion Liang Jing and Paralympic star Huang Guanjun died in the incident. Eight runners suffered from injuries.

Earlier, on May 4, a runner died of hypothermia in a competition in the Wumeng Mountains of Southwest China’s Yunnan Province, and on May 6, a company manager died of cardiac arrest while participating in the Gobi Challenge.

On Sunday afternoon, a women’s trail running in East China’s Zhejiang Province was called off by the organizers due to the roads were muddy due to the rain.

All these events have caused commotion and concern among citizens, some pointing out poor preparation by the organizers and failures in logistics.


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