Safety label recommended for adventure sports

Companies that offer dangerous sports, like canyoning, need to be able to guarantee certain safety standards to their clients. Keystone / Martin Ruetschi

Swiss government officials and sports experts are set to create a label that would guarantee that 'adventure sports' organizers operate according to predetermined safety standards.

This content was published on November 27, 2000 - 22:15

Forty members of Switzerland's adventure sports industry, representatives of the ministry for sport and cantonal officials concluded on Monday that such a label was necessary countrywide.

The need to guarantee the quality of companies offering outdoor activities containing an element of risk has become of paramount importance.

The considerations follow a heated debate in Switzerland about the future of so-called adventure sports - in particular canyoning.

A Swiss court charged eight employees of the now-defunct 'Adventure World' canyoning company earlier this month with manslaughter through negligence.

The charges followed a 1999 canyoning disaster near Interlaken in which 21 people died.

A flash flood in the Saxet Gorge in July swept away a group of mainly Australian tourists.

A spokesman for the ministry for sport said that preparations to devise a safety label should begin as soon as possible.

The recommendation is the result of a workshop last week.

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