China's anti-graft unit tells sports to play fair, drop gold medal fever

January 27, 2015 3:08 AM

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BEIJING (Reuters) - China's sports regulator has pledged to drop the nation's obsession with gold medals after the ruling Communist Party's anti-graft watchdog warned of the damaging extent of match-fixing and cheating in sports.

Many Chinese have linked previous sports cheating scandals to China's pursuit of medals at all costs and have criticized the system for putting too much pressure on athletes to succeed in its rigid, Soviet-style sports system.

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