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Marathons must be better managed

China Daily | Updated: 2018-12-06 07:26

MARATHONS have become increasingly popular in China and many cities are keen on holding a marathon to help build their image. As a result more and more marathon organizing companies have emerged and are competing to make money from these events. But the organizers should be more professional and avoid inappropriate behavior that undermines the sporting spirit and creates an unhealthy marathon culture. ThePaper.cn comments:

In the 13th Nanning International Marathon held on Sunday, an Ethiopian runner who reached the finishing line first was suddenly dragged to stop by an organizing committee staff member immediately after he crossed the line, which provoked heated public controversy.

A personnel of Nanning Sports Bureau said that it was done to protect the runner because he almost collapsed at the end of the race. But many people argue that bringing a runner to a sudden stop like that may be harmful.

Marathons must be better managed

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