n order to “build a healthy and clean environment of road running,” China has banned for life three runners who were caught cheating at this week’s Boston Marathon.
One of the Chinese entrants gave his bib to someone else while the other two presented forged certificates of previous races in order to gain entry to the prestigious marathon, the Chinese Athletic Association (CAA) said.
The CAA has vowed to crack down on such misbehavior, accusing the cheats of giving their homeland a bad name. Last month, a runner at a marathon in the city of Xuzhou was disqualified after being spotted riding a bicycle.
In an even more memorable incident from late last year in Shenzhen, 237 runners were caught taking a shortcut through some shrubbery, cutting two or three kilometers off the race route.