News­ports min­is­ter is se­nior Party of­fi­cial from Bei­jing

China Daily (USA) - - TOP NEWS - By SUN XIAOCHEN sunux­i­aochen@chinadaily.com.cn

Gou Zhong­wen, a se­nior Party of­fi­cial from Bei­jing who has lead­er­ship ex­pe­ri­ence in the in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy and ed­u­ca­tion sec­tors, has been ap­pointed as China’s new sports min­is­ter, it was an­nounced on Mon­day.

Gou, who was deputy sec­re­tary of the Com­mu­nist Party of China’s Bei­jing mu­nic­i­pal com­mit­tee un­til his ap­point­ment, will lead the Gen­eral Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Sport of China, the coun­try’s cen­tral sports gov­ern­ing body, fol­low­ing the re­tire­ment of his pre­de­ces­sor, Liu Peng. The ap­point­ment was an­nounced af­ter a meet­ing of the sports body on Mon­day.

Liu, who took of­fice as sports chief in 2004, re­cently turned 65, the re­tire­ment age set for min­is­te­rial-level of­fi­cials.

Liu over­saw the rise of China’s sports to com­pet­i­tive prow­ess in mul­ti­ple events, such as table ten­nis, bad­minton and div­ing, in three sum­mer and three win­ter Olympic Games. These in­cluded the 2008 Bei­jing Olympics, at which China won 51 gold medals — the most of any na­tion there.

Gou, 59, who has an aca­demic back­ground in elec­tronic sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy, be­came the deputy head of the Min­istry of In­dus­try and In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy in 2002.

He was ap­pointed as vice-mayor of Bei­jing in 2008 and was in charge of ar­eas in­clud­ing ed­u­ca­tion and tech­nol­ogy.

In April, Gou be­came deputy Party chief of Bei­jing.

His ex­pe­ri­ence re­lated to sports man­age­ment in­cludes a stint as head of the lead­ing group for Bei­jing’s cam­pus soc­cer de­vel­op­ment.

Gou Zhong­wen, new sports min­is­ter

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