Chinese official jumped to his death from a building after 21 runners died 0

Chinese official jumped to his death from a building after 21 runners died

(Dan Tri) – A local leader in China jumped to his death after 21 athletes died during a cross-country race.

Rescuers search and rescue victims during the running race in Gansu (Photo: Getty).

Wall Street Journal on June 10, citing well-informed sources, said that Li Zuobi, party secretary of Canh Thai district, Gansu province, China, died after falling from this official’s apartment on a high-rise building.

The source said the death of Mr. Li, 56 years old, occurred after Chinese party disciplinary officials visited him that same day.

In a social media post on June 10, Western China Development, a Chinese state magazine, quoted local officials as saying Mr. Li’s death was a suicide.

Previously, local officials in Bach Ngan city, Gansu province, China confirmed on May 23 that at least 21 people were killed and several injured while participating in a 100 km mountain cross-country race.

The run started on the morning of May 22 at the geopark in a famous tourist area in Canh Thai district, Bach Ngan city.

The race quickly turned into a tragedy when extreme weather occurred, killing and injuring many athletes, while others were luckier and decided to give up.

Chinese official jumped to his death from a building after 21 runners died

At least 21 athletes died during a running race in China on May 22 due to extreme weather (Photo: SCMP).

Mr. Li is a senior official of Canh Thai district and one of the participants in organizing the running race.

Chinese online communities speculate that Mr. Li may have committed suicide due to too much pressure, because he was one of the people responsible for the incident.

Under the direction of Chinese President Xi Jinping, the Gansu provincial government opened an investigation into the incident.

Many survivors of the Gansu race and families of the dead runners have criticized the event’s slow rescue efforts, and hope an official investigation will shed light on who was to blame.

More than 1,200 rescue workers and military soldiers joined the search and rescue operation with the help of thermal imaging drones and radar detectors to try to find the athletes caught in the wind.

To date, the Gansu government has not made any public statements on the progress of the investigation.

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