China National Games Marred By Rumors Of Match-Fixing, Bribes
Huge bonuses "have twisted any sense of sportsmanship" at China's 12th National Games, which ended amid "strikes and calls of unfair judging on Thursday," according to the WANT CHINA TIMES. Athletes and coaches who won gold medals during the event "were lavished with bonus money and rewards from their home provinces, causing some to question the integrity of the competition." Provincial governments across China "spurred on their representative athletes with promises of riches." Shandong province offered its athletes a $57,000 bonus, "throwing in a mansion" worth more than $163,000. Guangdong and Zhejiang provinces offered $49,000 with multiple extra gifts and rewards, while Shanghai promised a $81,000 bonus per person to its football team "if they won a gold medal during the game" (WANT CHINA TIMES, 9/15).