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Sport world not immune to sudden deaths

07-24-2010 10:50 BJT

The sudden death of 23 year old Pei Ji-shi, reminding us once again how important safety is in the world of sports. Over the last few years, sports all across the globe have been rocked by tragedy.

The 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games, began on a horrible note as Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili died after flying off the track during a training run and crashing into a pole.

Last August, Espanyol's captain Daniel Jarque suffered a heart attack in a training session and passed away. He was only 26 years old.

In 2007, La Liga was rocked as Sevilla's Antonio Puerta, suffering from a heart problem, went into cardiac arrest during a match against Getafe. He died three days later at the young age of 22.

In 2006's Doha Asian Games, South Korean equestrian rider Kim Hyung Chil was killed after being thrown during an obstacle and subsequently landed on by his horse.

Unfortunately..often in sport, the spectre of tragedy is always looming.

In the high paced world of motorsport, safety is of the utmost importance as at speeds of hundreds of kilometres per hour a split second can change everything.

At 2009's Hungarian Grand Prix in Budapest, Felipe Massa was struck in the helmet by a spring that had flown off rival Rubens Barrichello's car leading to a scary crash.

Massa could have been killed, but thanks to state of the art safety equipment and quick medical response he has since been able to return to the sport he loves.

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CNTV.CN

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