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Warning against sports graft, lust for gold

By Agencies

Warning against sports graft, lust for gold
In this file photograph dated Nov 10, 2010, Xiao Tian speaks at a press conference at the media centre for the 16th Asian Game s in Guangzhou. (AFP PHOTO / PETER PARKS)

BEIJING - China's sports establishment must learn the lessons from a corruption scandal involving a former deputy sports minister, continue to root out graft, and curb a win-at-all costs mentality, the country's top graft-buster said on Friday.

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 the Communist Party 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.

China 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 country's then-volleyball chief.

In a statement released following a meeting on learning the lessons from Xiao's case, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said the sports sector needed to do more to tackle graft and not rest on its laurels.

"At the same time as fully affirming successes, we must clearly recognise the many challenges facing the development of our sports industry, and that the problems which exist should not be overlooked," the commission's team based in the sports ministry said.

"Put effort into resolving all the problems that come from putting the winning of gold above all else that distorts the spirit of sports," it said.

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