Call for medical tests after 20km death
A leading sports physician has called for all participants in running events to be subject to medical tests before being allowed to register, after a 25-year-old Ghent man collapsed and died during last weekend’s popular 20km run through Brussels.
According to Chris Goossens, a Flemish sports medicine specialist, a mandatory medical certificate of health would help exclude those at high risk of suffering any complications as a result of the race. Sunday’s victim, whose name has not been released, apparently suffered from a pre-existing heart condition.
You wouldn’t get them all, but you could weed out the black and grey zones,” Goossens said. He pointed out that the Paris Marathon, in which 30,000 people took part in April, already uses such a system.
Sunday’s run through Brussels also attracted 30,000 participants. Emergency services were called out 13 times to transport people to hospitals, while the Red Cross intervened in 540 cases.