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Match-fixing Impossible and Groundless

So we were told, from Reuters:

Deputy sports minister Xiao Tian (肖天) lost his temper on Thursday when denying the accusation and addressing the fact that a pair of divers with obviously smaller splash did not win.

“You can’t say it had been fucking fixed, it’s fucking fake, just because you lost,” Xiao told a news conference on Thursday, which was widely reported by local media.

“How can you only judge a routine by the size of splash? Even a fxxking amateur can make very little splash if only turns over once. Can you give him gold medal?” he added.

Xiao said investigation by the General Administration of Sports (GAS) had shown the accusation was groundless.

“GAS will definitely not tolerate any match fixing. If it happens, we will even take legal action,” said Xiao. “But it is not true.”

And Xinhua:

Li Hua, head of the National Aquatics Sport Administration Center of China, said here on Wednesday that the match-fixing allegations of the diving competitions during the 11th National Games are “irresponsible and groundless.”

Li, also the executive director of the Diving Competitions Committee of the National Games, denies all the allegations in an official statement sent to the media.

“The rumors said all the gold medals had been fixed before the competitions started. I think these rumors are irresponsible and groundless,” said Li.

“All the rules and process on managing the judges during the competitions of the National Games are very strictly followed. Nobody can fix the results of the competitions during such a fiercely competitive National Games,” he said.

Previoulsy:

Links and Sources:

  • Reuters: China National Games open under shadow of judging scandal
  • Xinhua: Top official: Match-fixing allegations “irresponsible and groundless”
  • Beijing Evening News via NetEase: Agitated Xiao Tian used bad words (Chinese)
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