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Ultramarathon tragedy in China: More safety measures need to be enforced

A photo taken on May 23 shows rescue vehicles preparing to leave after finishing a search for participants of the ultramarathon.PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING - An investigation report on the Gansu ultramarathon tragedy that killed 21 runners showed organisers were woefully unprepared for contingencies and completely out of their depth.

While the tragedy has prompted a nationwide suspension in mass participation events and extreme sports as a safety review is under way, there are fears that heightened regulations, which will almost certainly be implemented, could choke off a flourishing amateur running scene.

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