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The heat of corruption reached China's chief sports official, Du Zhaocai.
The heat of corruption reached China's chief sports official, Du Zhaocai.

The Communist Party's anti-corruption agency in China has also clamped down on Du Zhaokai, the chief sports official. The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection has said that Du Zhaokai continues to hold the post of deputy head of the General Administration of Sports in China. The sports administrator has said in a statement that Du Zhaokai's case is being processed. The party is going to fully support the decision. Several senior officials involved in China's football management have already come under scrutiny, including the former men's national team coach and former English Premier League player Li Tie.

Du, 63, has reportedly been serving as deputy head of the government body responsible for the administration of Chinese sports since 2019. He also has over 30 years of experience working as a sports and football administrator. He was also the first vice president of the Asian Football Confederation and vice president of the Chinese Olympic Committee. He also served as vice president of the Chinese Football Association. In 2019, he was elected to the FIFA Council.

 
He was unable to retain his seat on the FIFA Council during a vote at the Asian Football Confederation's conference in Bahrain in February. However, the performance of the men's national team has proved poor in recent years. He is facing financial problems. Many major clubs are also at a loss. China's top anti-corruption agency launched an investigation following public discontent. Dozens of officials associated with the sport were questioned during the investigation, which lasted until the end of last year. Eight former and present officers of the CFA are also under the scanner.

These officials also include the head of the CFA, Chen Xuyuan, who was brought under the scanner in February. While Lee was placed under action last December. Along with this, Wang Xiaoping and Huang Song, heads of the CFA's Disciplinary Committee, also appeared. Just two months after China is set to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, Chinese President Xi Jinping has called on the country to improve its international competitiveness in sports and accelerate the pace of building a sports superpower, reports say.

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