September 17, 2013
Hong Kong Marathon launches anti-'selfie' campaign
Organisers of Hong Kong's Marathon are urging runners not to take 'selfie' pictures of themselves with their mobile phones during the next race after a pile-up at this year's event. [via the AFP]
A crush was reportedly triggered after a woman stopped to take a picture of herself at the start of the race.
... The pile-up in February 2013 happened at the start of the 10-kilometre race after a woman competitor dropped her phone as she was trying to take the snap, according to local media.
As she bent to pick it up runners behind her tripped over her, the South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported at the time, including Hong Kong triathlete Joyce Cheung Ting-yan, who went on to win the women's 10k despite her fall.
Standard Chartered chief executive Benjamin Hung Pi-cheng has called on organisers to stop competitors taking photos of themselves to avoid carnage at the next event.
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