China puts glory before honour at National Games – Reuters

From Reuters, via Stuff.co.nz:

The many controversies which marred China’s National Games have raised pointed questions about sportsmanship and athletic priorities as the country prepares for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

From to thrown matches to biased judging, the domestic “mini-Olympics” that ended on Sunday in eastern Jiangsu province was riddled with embarrassments blamed by some on a government-sponsored athletic culture that stresses greater glory over love of sport.

See also “Drugs and bribes claims hit China’s Olympic rehearsal” from the Independent. More on this topic, via Google News.

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