- China will ban marathon cheats for life to clamp down on scandals that have dogged the fast-growing sport, which saw nearly three million participants across the country last year. The Chinese Athletics Association (CAA) said in a statement late Monday that people who run under false names, or cheat in other ways such as replacing a runner with another person during the race or having more than one identifying PIN chip will be banned. First-time offenders will receive a lifetime ban from the race in which they cheated. A second offence will result in a bar for life from all Chinese marathons. The December death of a runner in a half-marathon in China's southeastern city of Xiamen threw the spotlight on distance-race cheating in the world's most populous nation. After the man called Wu had a heart attack and died 4.5 kilometres (3 miles) from the finish line, it was discovered he was running on someone else's behalf.