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China's vice-minister for sport under probe

By Agencies

China's vice-minister for sport under probe
In this file photograph dated Nov 10, 2010, Xiao Tian speaks at a press conference at the media centre for the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou. (AFP PHOTO / PETER PARKS)

BEIJING - A deputy head of China's General Administration for Sport is being investigated for suspected "serious breaches of discipline and the law", the ruling Communist Party's graft watchdog said on Thursday.

In a brief statement on its website, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) gave no other details about the probe into Xiao Tian, whose rank is equivalent to that of a vice-minister.

Also, three senior officials of state-owned enterprises CNOOC, China Mobile and China Unicom are being investigated for allegedly accepting bribes in separate cases, the Supreme People's Procuratorate (SPP) said on Thursday.

The three are Wu Zhenfang, former deputy general manager of China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC), Zong Xinhua, former general manager of the informatization and e-commerce department of China Unicom, and Li Dachuan, former board director and deputy general manager of China Mobile's Beijing branch.

All three are charged with accepting bribes, and both Wu and Zong are now under "coercive measures," which includes summons by force, bail, residential surveillance, detention and arrest. The SPP did not specify what measures had been taken.

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