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Video:Universities in China cancel long races

11-26-2012 21:00 BJT

Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan, Hubei province, recently cancelled the women's 3-thousand-meter race and the men's 5-thousand-meter race at its university games.

Prior to this, many colleges in Beijing, Nanjing and Xi’an also cancelled their long-distance races. One university official says it’s because many students lack the stamina to finish the demanding course and ill-prepared runners could suffer injury or even death after the intense physical activity.

On November 18th, 21-year-old college student, Chen Jie, passed out at the finish line of the Guangzhou International Marathon and later died in hospital. A nationwide study of students’ health and physical fitness in 2010 found that college students were less fit than in 2005. And their strength and endurance had also declined significantly. Analysts say a lack of sporting facilities and unhealthy lifestyles are a key to the problem.

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