Highlights

  • Unlabelled bottle of sanitiser led to mix up, says school
  • Yamanashi governor issues apology, assures investigation
  • 3 students were rushed to the hospital after drinking it

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At a sports event, hand sanitiser was poured into cups and kept at water stations in Japan's Yamanashi 

In a case of potentially life-threatening mix-up, a high school in Japan's Yamanashi gave hand sanitiser to athletes to drink at a sports event. At a 5,000-metre girls' walking race that was organised at the school last weekend, hand sanitiser was accidentally poured into cups and placed at water stations.

One athlete took a swig, vomitted and collapsed. While two others drank and spat it out, continuing with the race. All three athletes had to be taken to the hospital.

Yamanashi governor Kotaro Nagasaki apologised to the athlete who collpased and her family and assured a third-party investigation into the matter.

The school's sports federation said that the sanitiser was kept in an unlabelled bottle next to water bottles in a cardboard box, leading to the mix up.

Alcohol-based hand sanitiser is commonly used to protect against Covid-19 and has become ubiquitous in Japan and other countries since the pandemic began.

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