Corruption: China probes ex-Winter Olympics delegation chief


China has said the former chief of its Winter Olympics delegation was under investigation for suspected corruption, as the government pursues a crackdown on graft in the sports sector.

Ni Huizhong, who most recently headed the country’s winter sports management office, “is suspected of serious violations of discipline and law”, the General Administration of Sport said, using a common byword for alleged corruption.

Huizhong, 54, previously served as secretary-general of the Chinese delegation for last year’s Winter Olympics, which were held in Beijing in a Covid-secure bubble.

He is one of a string of sports officials to come under scrutiny in recent months as the ruling Communist Party wages an industry-wide anti-corruption drive.

China’s top public prosecutor said this month that former national football coach Li Tie had been charged with corruption offences including bribery.

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Li, a one-time Premier League player, is one of several top football association officials to fall under graft probes since November.

In June, China’s national snooker body issued lifetime bans to two players involved in a match-fixing scandal that sent global shockwaves through the sport.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has led an unrelenting clampdown on corruption since coming to power a decade ago.

Proponents say the campaign helps to ensure honest governance, but critics say it serves partly as an excuse for Xi to purge political rivals.


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