Shenzhen Universiade Graft Cases
Liang Daoxing (梁道行), former mayor of Shenzhen, was expelled from China’s communist party for “disciplinary violations and suspected of crimes”, according to the party disciplinary authorities in Guangdong. Liang’s downfall was linked with graft in 2011 Shenzhen Summer Universiad(深圳大学生运动会).
“Grand-scale sports games are becoming a hotbed of corruption,” Xinhua wrote in a commentary. “Decision-makers in some cities are keen in hosting the so-called ‘face projects’ sports games to line their own pockets. It’s time to put strict limits on those games.”
According to Shenzhen’s Audit Bureau, the municipality invested rmb 13.99 bln, or $2.26 bln, in the Universiad, while the total income was rmb 1.21 bln, or $ 200 mln.
Liang was accused of taking bribes to curry favor with others when he was serving as the vice president of the Universiade’s executive board and director general of the games’ executive office.
Ye Qian, deputy chief of Shenzhen’s Bureau of Public Works, was also on suspicion of graft. The bureau undertook the construction work of 13 of 22 sports venues newly-built for the University Games.
Many sports venues were left unattended after the games and Shenzhen Baoan Sports Center, whose maintenance costs tens of millions a year, now fully relies on government subsidies.
“The numbers on the books may be only a tip of an iceberg,” Xinhua commented. “Many municipal construction projects were not listed in the audit papers. “It remains in doubt whether they can stand the test.”
- The SCMP: Details emerge in graft investigation into former Shenzhen vice-mayor
- The China Daily: Fifth Guangdong official investigated
- China News: Audit results of the Shenzhen Universiad (in Chinese)