(From Taipei Times)
The Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) internal corruption watchdog, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI), yesterday rapped China’s Ministry of Sports for not taking the country’s sweeping campaign against corruption seriously enough, summoning 17 ministry discipline officials to discuss the problem.
Corruption in international sport is in focus due to US and Swiss probes into soccer’s world governing body FIFA, as well as doping scandals that have rocked tennis and athletics.
China, which is aggressively seeking to stamp out graft in CCP and government ranks, has also sought to eject corrupt elements from its sports establishment, particularly within soccer, which has been hit by match-fixing scandals.
The country was hit by two new sports graft scandals last year, with probes into deputy sports minister Xiao Tian, who sat on China’s Olympics committee, and another into the then-volleyball chief. The CCDI said its inspectors attached to the sports ministry had sent teams to departments dealing with swimming and gymnastics, among others. Read More