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China worried about state of physical fitness in youth

Despite China's strong showing in the Olympics year in and year out, the physical fitness of its youth has seen a dramatic drop.

Universities in the country have a fitness requirement and many have trouble finishing it, and those who do are up to 15 seconds slower than a decade ago.

In the past couple years a few have died during the run. Outside of college, there were deaths in both a 5,000- and 10,000-meter run.

To help get the country back in top physical shape, the government has asked schools, especially K-12, to ramp up.

For more, see the story.

Reader Comments (1)

As I believe that today's youth has become lazier in terms of staying fit, I think it's cruel to force them to do the run as it results in death. Instead of having a mandatory run, why not train them slowly but mandatory?
February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDavid Abbot

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