China’s State General Administration of Sports website issued a notice on Wednesday, requiring the suspension of emerging high-risk sports events such as mountain cross-country, Gobi traversing, wingsuit flying and ultra-long-distance running from now on.
It is reported that as many as 21 people were killed in Baiyin City, Gansu Province, on May 22 during a 100-kilometer cross-country race due to loss of temperature in extreme weather. The incident sparked public controversy in Chinese society about whether the accident was a natural disaster or a “man-made” one caused by the organizers’ poor management. But the authorities quickly implemented Internet information control, the families of the victims were also silenced.
The notice stressed that the 100km cross-country race in the Yellow River Stone Forest in Baiyin City, Gansu Province, caused heavy casualties and a very painful lesson. And related high-risk sports events activities have unclear management responsibilities, imperfect rules, safety and protection standards are not clear and other issues. The General Administration of Sports will conduct a comprehensive review of sports events, improve the management system, improve standards, and strengthen the management of sports events to ensure the safety of the event.
The General Administration of Sports of China said that the prevention of safety incidents in the field of sports is “to create a good environment and atmosphere to meet the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Party”.