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  • China Plans Prosecution of Former Beijing 2022 Leader


    (ATR) The Chinese government will prosecute ex-deputy sports minister Xiao Tian for graft.

    Xiao Tian at a press conference ahead of the 2012 London Olympics (Getty Images)
    According to a report from Reuters, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said on Sept. 24 they would pursue prosecution after an investigation found Xiao used his role as deputy sports minister to “secure his wife promotions, took bribes, spent government money on banquets and had private companies arrange for him to play golf.”

    The report said that the CCDI turned over Xiao's case to legal authorities, indicating the impending prosecution.

    In addition to his role in the sports ministry, Xiao served as a vice-president of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic bid. He was removed from his position on Jul. 16, less than two weeks before the IOC voted 44-40 to send the 2022 Winter Games to Beijing instead of Almaty, Kazakhstan.

    According to the CCDI, Xiao had used a “conspiracy of silence” to hamper the investigation, and he has been expelled from the Communist Party.

    Xiao also served as a vice chairman of the Chinese Olympic Committee and vice president of the Chinese Basketball Association.

    The investigation was part of a larger effort by Chinese Communist Party General Secretary Xi Jinping to root out corruption among government officials.

    Written by Aaron Bauer in Rio de Janeiro

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