China punishes 27 officials after deadly ultramarathon

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China has punished 27 government officials deemed responsible for last months ultramarathon deaths, the state-run Peoples Daily said on Friday, one of the worlds deadliest sporting tragedies in recent history.

Twenty-one people died of hypothermia when extremely cold weather suddenly descended on a government-organised 100 km marathon on May 22 in the rugged northwestern province of Gansu.

The head of Jingtai county, where the race was held, was dismissed from her post, the Peoples Daily reported, citing a news briefing by investigators.

Other organisers held accountable included the mayor and the Communist Party chief of the city of Baiyin, to which the jurisdiction of Jingtai belongs.

Li Zuobi, the Jingtai county party chief, fell from his apartment building on June 9 and died, state media reported, adding that the police have ruled out homicide while Lis death was still being investigated.

The investigators said the tragedy was a public safety incident brought about by extreme weather including high winds, heavy rain and plunging temperatures, as well as unprofessional organisation and operation.

Chinas sport administration said last week it was suspending all high-risk sports events that lack a supervisory body, established rules and clear safety standards.

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