Japanese authorities have pledged to research a mix-up that noticed highschool athletes given hand sanitiser to drink throughout a race, with one scholar falling ailing after taking a swig.
Competitors organisers for a women’ 5,000-metre strolling race held final weekend in central Japan’s Yamanashi prefecture mistakenly poured the sanitiser into cups and positioned them at a drinks station for athletes.
Yamanashi’s highschool sport federation stated the sanitiser had been saved in an unlabelled plastic bottle alongside these containing consuming water in a cardboard field.
Alcohol-based hand sanitiser is often used to guard in opposition to Covid-19 and has develop into ubiquitous in Japan and different international locations because the pandemic started.
One athlete collapsed, vomited and dropped out of the race after consuming the sanitiser, whereas two others spat it out and continued.
In all, three athletes had been taken to hospital for therapy and had been reported to be recovering.
Yamanashi governor Kotaro Nagasaki stated Monday that there can be a third-party investigation.
“On behalf of the prefecture, I want to provide a honest apology to the athlete and her household,” he stated.
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