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Hurried Chinese officials cut corners to rush out rectangular running track

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 29 July, 2014, 2:59pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 29 July, 2014, 7:39pm

Chinese officials painted a rectangular running track at a stadium as they rushed preparations for a visit by their superiors, state media reported on Tuesday.

Pictures posted online showed the running surface had the normal oval shape, but the white lines marking out each runner’s lane were angled at 90 degrees.

Internet users leaped on the revelation.

Watch: Hurried Chinese officials rush out rectangular running track for superiors' visit

“Leaders, this is the newly developed right-angled running track,” wrote one poster on Weibo, imitating the tone of a lower-ranking Chinese official reporting to his superior.

“We have become the first country in the world to have such tracks! I believe [Chinese athletes] will outperform other countries’ [athletes] after scientific training on such a running track!”

China National Radio described the forestry administration stadium in Tonghe county, in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang, as having “rectangular tracks” around the football pitch.

“It is difficult to turn and easy to fall,” local resident Gong Xiaona told provincial television programme Newsnight.

It quoted a member of staff at the stadium as saying the previous track had become worn down by long use.

“The current tracks were laid in a rush to deal with the visit by some provincial leaders,” he said.

“We ourselves feel it’s ugly. But who can change it if our bosses don’t care?”

It is not unknown for local officials in China to come up with eccentric ideas to curry favour with their bosses or cope with inspections.

A publicly-funded orphanage in Jieyang in the southern province of Guangdong had its facilities transformed into government offices and dormitories, according to previous state media reports.

When provincial authorities mounted an inspection last year, social welfare officials attempted to borrow orphans from a nearby temple.


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Or the title of this article should be " Hurried Chinese Officials DIDN'T Cut Corners....."
CCP officials Special Olympics
And China wants to confront Japan ?
It is a cryptic message, if view from the sky it would be what the cadets think about their leaders...囧
Einstein would have theory about this and derive an equation which relates the square of the corners' dimensions to the radius of the left lobe of the designer's brain multiplied by the speed of light.
the emperor is not wearing clothes
Surely that's a walking track.
This is a testing spot for the next generation of sort shoes. Gimmick of the new shoe: 90 deg. turn capable. :P
André Breton would happy to see this.


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