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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