China has banned for life three runners who broke the rules at the recent Boston Marathon, vowing to root out cheats that harm the country's image, AFP reported on Friday April 19th.
There have been numerous instances of cheating in the fast-growing sport of running marathons in China.
In the latest cases, one entrant in April 15th’s prestigious Boston Marathon gave his bib to someone else while two other Chinese participants presented forged certificates from previous races to gain entry, the Chinese Athletic Association (CAA) said.
"All the three runners were hit with a life ban from all road running races under the CAA," said Xinhua news agency, citing the association.
"The CAA also reiterated that it will continue to crack down all kinds of cheats in marathons in order to build a healthy and clean environment of road running in China." According to the CAA, the trio's behaviour, "had a negative impact on China in the (international) community."
More than 500 runners from China took part in the 123rd Boston Marathon, Xinhua said. Earlier instances of cheating include a woman who jumped on a bike in a recent domestic race and several others who took shortcuts.