China probes high-ranking sports official for corruption

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BEIJING: A deputy head of China’s sports administration has been put under investigation, the ruling Communist Party’s anti-corruption agency said, the highest-ranking 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.

AFP

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