By Stanis Elsborg- Senior analyst and head of conference, Play the Game
What does the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics and space politics have to do with each other? Quite a lot and it demonstrates China’s ability to mix sport and politics in their national self-promotion, writes senior analyst Stanis Elsborg.
Chinese Football Association concluded a three-year match-fixing investigation this Monday by handing out five-year bans to 25 former and current players, officials and referees and banning 33 for life. A number of clubs received fines and had points deducted.
China is a text-book case of why you cannot wait to uproot corruption. The Chinese soccer leagues are a national disgrace and an international joke. Do not take my word for it. The top Chinese politican – President Hu Jintao – has declared his embarrassment over the state of their sport. However, the Chinese government has waited far too long to fight it.