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Posted by Sophie-Ha 5 days ago

Safety concerns raised after numerous idols fall at 'Idol Star Athletics Championships'

AKP STAFF

The 'Idol Star Athletics Championships (ISAC)' is an annual sports event in which many K-pop idols compete in various sports. This MBC Entertainment program has been involved in multiple controversies over the years in regards to the safety of the idols who are competing as well as the concerns about the long filming time.

This year, the ISAC once again has been at the center of controversy as it was under fire for violating human rights by prohibiting meals and anyone from leaving midway during the 15-hour filming. Additionally, the safety concerns for the idols at the competition were raised again as one fan explained that these idols were seen wearing shoes that are unfitting for sports.

One fan who attended the event explained that she witnessed a dangerous situation at the track and field competition where four male idols fell while racing. According to the fan, the idols who were racing fell because of the poor quality shoes they were wearing.

The shoes worn by the idols who were filming that day were competing in the track and field event and were seen wearing the "Ugly Shoes" from a particular brand. These "Ugly Shoes" is a particular shoe design with a huge outsole that has a vintage design with various bright colors. Due to the large outsoles, the shoes are not fit for sports. However, some of these idols were given these shoes to wear as sponsored items.

Eventually, what fans feared most happened. An idol wearing the ugly shoes fell while turning the corner at the tracks bringing down three other idols with him. The fans criticized the production team for not considering the dangers of idols running with those "Ugly Shoes," especially on the slippery track.

However, this is not the first time safety concerns have been raised. Such safety issues have been pointed out during the 'ISAC' over the years as there have been a steady number of injured idols. There have been idols injured in almost every episode, and management agencies have also been concerned about these injuries that occur during the annual 'ISAC.'


BTS member Jin had been injured on his nose during the 'ISAC' in 2016, and VIXX member Leo also sustained an ankle injury in 2013 and a nose injury in 2016. Due to his injury, Leo was unable to even participate in music show programs at the time.

Other idols such as Seventeen's Jeonghan, EXO's XiuminGOT7's Jackson, SISTAR's Bora, SHINee's Minho, AOA's Seolhyun, MAMAMOO's Moon Byul, and many more were seen groaning during filming after getting injured.

In particular, Woohyun, a member of INFINITE, suffered a ruptured shoulder ligament while participating in the 2014 ISAC, which was diagnosed as being incurable. At the time of Woohyun's injury, the production team received criticism as they displayed the caption, "It doesn't seem like a big injury."

The production team always stated that they are always trying to minimize injuries. However, many are raising their voices of concern as they believe the production team seems to be negligent with these safety concerns this year again after fans saw a number of idols wearing these "Ugly Shoes."

Netizens continued to criticize ISAC and commented, "They need to discontinue ISAC," "I can't believe they still use those slippery tracks for running," "It's so dangerous," "There was so many serious injuries already but there is no change. They should just stop the show," "This is so dangerous," and "They should shut down the show or take better safety measures."

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hakmyeon
hakmyeon2,230 pts 5 days ago 0
5 days ago

Anyone who has ever done sports or with common sense knows how important good shoes are, and I'm talking about real sturdy shoes, for running, orthopedic shoes are often good in preventing injury and are able to provide the support you need when running, but just a pair of real sports sneakers are good.


Trendy sneakers are very rarely designed to perform sports in and are usually not good for your feet. Of course everyone is different, I can only speak for myself, but I've had issues with my feet forever basically so I've done my fair share of research on good shoes. Chunky shoes like in the pictures in the article are heavier because the soles are thicker which can lead to falling like reported but also other injuries like shin splints, which is not comfortable. Most regular sneakers also lack proper support for the arches of your feet and if they don't fit well to your feet (everyone's feet are different obviously) you can also get corns and calluses which can often be painful and turn into ulcers. That doesn't seem to be important here considering that the idols are not wearing these shoes for months and months, but the fact of the matter is that it's important to wear good shoes, ESPECIALLY if you are performing athletics.

I think wearing shoes just for the sake of sponsorship is stupid during events like this. Make sure the people participating can properly perform their tasks instead of putting brands on everything.

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just_here_4_fun
just_here_4_fun1,139 pts 5 days ago 0
5 days ago

Scoups from seventeen talked to the organizers of the field when Joenghan fell before and it looks like they've been blacklisted from the event since then .... all I'm saying is that, they're already allocating resources and space to house these idols during the event, it shouldn't take that much more energy to ensure it's actually safe for them to use. One small accident can spell the end of someone's livelihood so it's better to just be safe, especially if this is a concern that's been brought up before time and time again

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