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China's Gansu race tragedy focuses scrutiny on lack of standards

None of the executives in charge of the race were formal employees of organizer

Rescue workers carry a stretcher along the plateau where extreme cold weather killed athletes running a 100-km ultramarathon in Baiyin, Gansu Province, China, on May 22.   © Reuters

The lack of safety standards in China's cross-country running world is under scrutiny in the aftermath of a deadly race in the country's northwestern Gansu Province, with at least 13 planned trail and road events now delayed and four canceled outright as of Tuesday.

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