Officials defend care of dead fighter Shangguan Pengfei
Officials defend care of dead fighter
Tragedy puts spotlight on treatment, precautions for free combat athletes
BEIJING-Officials from China's sports authority said the death of domestic athlete Shangguan Pengfei was not a result of untimely treatment or defective management by the industry, during a press conference in Beijing on Wednesday.
Shangguan, who went into a coma after being knocked out by a blow to the back of his head during the semifinals of the national free combat championship held in Haikou, Hainan province, on Oct 31, died on Monday at the age of 23.
According to Chinese media, Shangguan's family had asked he be transferred to a better hospital when he became stable in mid-November, but staff from the organizing committee refused to pay for medical expenses outside of Haikou.
According to the article Shangguan was knocked out a few times in the months prior. He was a Sanshou athlete from Henan Province.