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Deaths mar fun runs in Indonesia

  • Ramadani Saputra

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Tue, October 1, 2019   /  05:42 pm
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As the presumably cheapest and easiest sport to participate in, running has gained more popularity over the past few years. The number of running events, mostly fun runs, has increased over the past few years, but unfortunately have taken a wrong turn in which participants died. In the last 12 months, Indonesia has recorded at least six marathon deaths. Deaths during Indonesian running events in 2018-2019. (JP/Nur Aziz). Usage: 0 (JP/Nur Aziz) Indonesian Professional Sports Agency (BOPI) chief Richard Sam Bera met with the Indonesian Athletics Federation (PASI) and Maybank Bali Marathon organizer, among others, on Sept. 17 to discuss ways to avoid fatalities. “[We held] the meeting to improve the management of running [events] in the country,” said Richard in a statement. He pointed out the importance of runners being aware of their physical condition pri...