Organizers say a Russian
finalist at the annual Sauna World Championships in Finland has died,
while his Finnish rival was rushed to a hospital before competition
Spokesman Ossi Arvela says on a website that the annual
contest was suspended and police were investigating Saturday's incident
in the southern town of Heinola.
The circumstances of the death
were not immediately known but Arvela says "all rules were followed."
Contestants must submit a medical certificate before competing.
Finnish news agency STT said both middle-aged men were seen to have
severe burns on their bodies and were given first aid after they
Competition rules require the sauna to be heated to 110
degrees Celsius (230 degrees Fahrenheit) with half a liter (a pint) of
water added to the stove every 30 seconds. The last person to remain at
the sauna is the winner.
Saturday's contest had over 130 participants from 15 countries. It has been held since 1999.