Enhancing Runner Safety in China: World Athletics and CAA’s Collaborative Efforts

Learn how World Athletics and the Chinese Athletics Association are partnering to improve the health and safety of runners in China through specialized training courses. Discover the impact of their initiatives and the commitment to raising standards for mass-participation endurance events.

World Athletics Enhances Health and Safety for Runners in China

The World Athletics Health and Science Department has collaborated with the Chinese Athletics Association (CAA) to enhance the health and safety of over 895,000 runners in China.

Through two recent Race Emergency Medicine Courses (REMC), the organizations have taken proactive steps to ensure the well-being of participants in major running events. Representatives from 62 of the 68 World Athletics Label Road Races in China attended the comprehensive training sessions.

The courses, which included both theoretical and practical components, aimed to certify healthcare professionals to provide standardized medical leadership at mass-participation endurance events. Participants delved into emergency protocols and honed their response capabilities through hands-on training at the finish areas of the Shanghai Marathon and Xiamen Marathon.

“Following a long break due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we were very keen to finally organize race emergency medicine courses in China, as this is a major player in the mass-running ecosystem,” explained Dr. Stéphane Bermon, Head of the World Athletics Health and Science Department.

The successful integration of the REMC courses underscores World Athletics’ commitment to the well-being of the thriving running community in China. With medical directors now certified for the next three years, this milestone represents a significant step forward in enhancing health and safety standards at road running events across the country.

As World Athletics Road Running Manager Alessio Punzi noted, “There isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to organizing a marathon, and what we’ve witnessed in China is truly impressive. The ability to mobilize thousands of volunteers showcases the country’s commitment to ensuring the safety of these events.”

The World Academy for Endurance Medicine, powered by World Athletics, plans to continue its collaborative efforts with the CAA, further elevating the standards of care and safety in road running events throughout China, a dominant force in the global mass-participation endurance landscape.

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