[Explanation] On May 22, due to the sudden change of weather in some areas during the race, a race called "Yellow River Stone Forest Mountain Marathon 100-kilometer Cross-Country Race" has killed 21 participants.

  A public safety incident triggered by a sports event has also made people more aware of the chaos and problems behind the "marathon fever" and "cross-country fever" sweeping the country.

  [Concurrent] Yan Yi, deputy editor-in-chief of "Runner World" magazine

  Cross-country running is different from mountain marathon. The problem is that their understanding of the sport of cross-country running is still biased.

He added the name (Mountain Marathon 100-kilometer Cross-Country Race) to it. From this small detail, it can be seen from the above that he still has certain problems with the organizing committee’s understanding of the sport of cross-country running. .

  [Explanation] After the “National Fitness” was upgraded to a national strategy in 2014, long-distance running events such as marathons and cross-country running have rapidly emerged throughout the country.

At the same time, a series of problems arising from the competition have also emerged one after another.

  On November 18, 2018, at the Suzhou Taihu Lake Marathon, volunteers entered the track to hand over the national flag to the Chinese runners, which caused an uproar on the Internet.

On December 2, 2018, in the Nanning Marathon, the champion Ethiopian runner was dragged by the staff after crossing the line.

The chaos of events that occurred one after another less than half a month apart once put the marathon on the cusp of the storm.

  [Concurrent] Dong Shuangquan, founder and principal of the Sports and Legal Research Center of Huacheng Law Firm

  From the perspective of event organization, the main legal basis for regulating marathon events in my country at this stage is the "Regulations on the Safety Management of Large-scale Mass Events" and some regulations and policy documents of the State Sports General Administration, as well as some documents of the China Athletic Association.

Although the State Sports General Administration has issued some documents to regulate marathon events in the past two years, the level is relatively low and enforcement is not enough. The actual effect remains to be seen.

  [Explanation] Taking marathon events as an example, in terms of qualifications, the China Athletics Association has set certain access conditions for operating companies applying for certification events.

The State Sports General Administration has also issued the "Measures for the Administration of Blacklists in the Sports Market" to establish an industry credit system.

However, at the specific implementation level, the blacklist system and supervision services still need to be improved.

  [Concurrent] Dong Shuangquan, founder and principal of the Sports and Legal Research Center of Huacheng Law Firm

  Regarding the competent authority, it is hoped that the "Sports Market Blacklist Management Measures" should be strictly implemented. These operating companies that have experienced major accidents in the organization of event activities should be held accountable while at the same time banning them from holding marathon events and strengthening the situation Supervision and services related to afterwards.

  [Explanation] In addition to the disorderly organization of some events, safety issues are still a major test for marathon and other events.

In the process of running, due to the excessive intensity, the cardiopulmonary function of the participants has undergone a huge test.

According to incomplete statistics, from 2015 to 2017, 14 people died unexpectedly while participating in a domestic marathon, and 80% of them died suddenly near the finish line.

  [Concurrent] Dong Shuangquan, founder and principal of the Sports and Legal Research Center of Huacheng Law Firm

  As an event organizer, we should pay full attention to safety guarantee obligations in all stages before, during and after the game.

Participants must be fully informed of risks before the competition.

In the event, the participants shall be provided with reasonable guidance, including water, catering, and replenishment facilities, equipped with medical staff and first aid medical equipment, and the injured shall be rescued in time.

  [Explanation] Facing the problematic marathon, it is urgent to standardize the race order and improve the management level of the race.

On the evening of May 23, the State Sports General Administration urgently convened the "National Sports System Strengthening Event Safety Management Work Conference" to further consolidate the safety management of the sports system and continuously improve the safety risk prevention and control system and measures in the sports field.

  Comprehensive report by reporter Xu Pengpeng

Editor in charge: [Ji Xiang]