60% failed physical at top university

CHINA - More than 60 per cent of Tsinghua University candidates failed to pass basic physical fitness tests last year, Beijing-based Legal Evening News reported Monday.

Among more than 600 students taking part in a series of physical tests during the top university's independent recruitment last year, some 63.5 per cent failed to meet basic health standards, the report said.

The tests covered six parts including height, weight, lung capacity and grip strength.

The results showed most students did not pass the step test, which involves cardiovascular excercise.

Many students give up physical exercises during the third year of senior school to devote time to the college entrance examination, which has lead to their poor heart and lung function, Liu Jingmin, vice director of the Sports Department of Tsinghua University, told the paper.

The university also said results of phisical fitness tests this year are better than last year, based on figures from those who finished the tests on Saturday.

"We have too much homework and little time for exercise," said one of the examinees.

The paper also said male students had a higher failure rate than that of female students.

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