China in­ves­ti­gat­ing deputy chief of sports ad­min­is­tra­tion over al­leged for cor­rup­tion

The China Post - - LIFE -

A deputy head of China’s sports ad­min­is­tra­tion has been put un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion, the rul­ing Com­mu­nist Party’s anti-cor­rup­tion agency said, the high­es­trank­ing of­fi­cial to fall in the no­to­ri­ously graft-prone sec­tor.

Xiao Tian, deputy di­rec­tor of the Gen­eral Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Sport (GAS) and a vice chair­man of China’s na­tional Olympic com­mit­tee, is be­ing probed for sus­pected “se­ri­ous vi­o­la­tion of dis­ci­plines and laws” — an of­ten-used eu­phemism for cor­rup­tion, the Cen­tral Com­mis­sion for Dis­ci­pline In­spec­tion (CCDI) said in a state­ment.

For­merly a suc­cess­ful fencer, the state­ment Thurs­day said Xiao had been in his cur­rent po­si­tion since 2005.

Xiao’s wife Tian Hua, who like him is an of­fi­cial at the ad­min­is­tra­tion, was also be­ing in­ves­ti­gated, the state-run China News Ser­vice said Fri­day.

Xiao is the most se­nior sport of­fi­cial snared so far in Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping’s much-pub­li­cized drive against cor­rup­tion that vows to tar­get both high-level “tigers” and low-rank­ing “flies.”

Ear­lier this month, a court jailed China’s for­mer se­cu­rity chief Zhou Yongkang for life on cor­rup­tion charges, the high­est-rank­ing ex-of­fi­cial to be sen­tenced in decades.

On Fri­day, the CCDI an­nounced that Yue Dake, a deputy head of the Ti­bet re­gional leg­is­la­ture, was also be­ing in­ves­ti­gated.

Yue, born in the cen­tral province of Jiangxi, worked in China’s se­cu­rity ap­pa­ra­tus for 33 years un­til 2013, ac­cord­ing to his bi­og­ra­phy on the web­site of the Peo­ple’s Daily, the party’s mouth­piece.

The CCDI and the party’s or­ga­ni­za­tion depart­ment sent in­spec­tors to the sports ad­min­is­tra­tion in Novem­ber and found prob­lems in­clud­ing opaque se­lec­tion of ath­letes and judges for var­i­ous com­pe­ti­tions, and the brib­ing of some of­fi­cials and judges at the last Na­tional Games in 2013, the Bei­jing News re­ported Thurs­day.

Xiao was one of the top of­fi­cials run­ning the Na­tional Games, it added.

Sev­eral sports of­fi­cials have been placed un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion for graft since Novem­ber, some ac­cused of tak­ing bribes and “ma­nip­u­lat­ing games,” the China News Ser­vice re­port said.

China launched a high-pro­file crack­down on cor­rup­tion in football in 2009, lead­ing to sev­eral prison sen­tences.

Nan Yong, a for­mer head of the Chi­nese Football As­so­ci­a­tion (CFA), was in 2013 banned from in­volve­ment in the sport and sen­tenced to more than 10 years in jail for tak­ing bribes.

Along with another for­mer CFA chief, Xie Ya­long, Nan was the high­est pro­file name among more than 50 peo­ple banned af­ter wide­spread match-fix­ing scan­dals that blighted the game in China.

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