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Cutting Corners

by on Aug.10, 2014, under Culture, Games, Recreation

The Tonghe County Stadium in northeastern China’s Heilongjiang province had been undergoing renovation, and was behind schedule. tonghe_stadium With time running out for finishing the 10,000 square foot stadium, and an impending inspection by provincial leaders and Communist Party officials, the project managers cut a few corners. tonghe_track3 The oval track had already been finished, except for the surface marking. Figuring out how to lay out concentric ovals requires math. tonghe_track1 So they laid out the track as a rectangle, with 90 degree corners. “In order to get it ready for the leaders, we painted it like that,” one of the stadium managers said. “We think it is ugly too but if the leaders don’t ask us to change it, what are we supposed to do?” tongue_track2 The innovative layout hasn't been popular with the public. “It’s impossible to run on such a surface,” said long distance runner Zhang Yong. He went on to  call the track a disgrace to the sport of running.
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