Investigators say the tragedy was a public safety incident caused by an extreme climate and unprofessional organization.
China has punished at least 27 government officials held responsible for last month’s ultramarathon deaths, the state-run Daily News reported on Friday, as the government confirmed the suicide death of a senior county official.
Twenty-one people died of hypothermia when the extremely cold weather suddenly dropped to a 100-kilometer (62-mile) marathon organized by the government on May 22 in the rugged northwestern province of Gansu.
It was one of the deadliest sporting tragedies in the world in recent history.
According to reports citing the Gansu provincial government, at least five provincial officials have been arrested.
The head of Jingtai County, where the race was held, was also removed from office, the Daily Mail reported, citing an investigative report by investigators.
Other responsible organizers included the mayor and head of the Communist Party of Baiyin City, to which Jingtai jurisdiction belongs.
Punishments imposed on officials included significant demerit ratings and disciplinary warnings.
Li Zuobi, the party leader in Jingtai County, also fell from his apartment building on June 9 and died, state media reported, adding that police have ruled out the homicide while he was still alive. ‘was investigating Li’s death.
Officials had initially been lightning over Li’s death, prompting speculation that was related to the investigation into the deadly career.
Investigators said the ultramarathon tragedy was a public safety incident caused by extreme weather, including strong winds, heavy rain and falling temperatures, as well as unprofessional organization and operation.
The Chinese sports administration said last week that it was suspending all high-risk sporting events that did not have a supervisory body, established rules and clear safety rules.
Stopped activities include mountain sports and deserts, wing-dressed flying, and long-distance running.