China sports ministry rapped over corruption

The China Communist Party’s top graft-busting body said it has sent inspectors attached to the sports ministry to departments dealing with swimming and gymnastics, among others, amid fears the ministry is not taking the country’s anti-corruption campaign seriously enough.

The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection summoned 17 officials in charge of enforcing party discipline to find out if they were following party rules on fighting corruption. The inspection reportedly found that some ministry departments still did not sufficiently understand that the fight against corruption would never cease and that some people were less than enthusiastic about enforcing party discipline.

China has warned sports establishments that they must root out corruption after being plagued by several 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.

In March, President Xi Jinping said China must hold a Winter Olympics that is “clean as the snow”, in an indirect reference to the scandals with Xiao and another former top official linked to the Olympic bid.