Chinese vice sports minister calls for better sportsmanship

09:24, October 26, 2009      

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China's vice sports minister Xiao Tian called for better sportsmanship and fairer competition at the 11th Chinese National Games Sunday.

He made the remarks in an interview with Xinhua after two doping cases and a few disputes were reported at the Games.

A rower from Henan Province and a shooter from Inner Mongolia were found to use banned substances to improve their results days after the Games kicked off. The competition committee later stripped off their results.

"It is a long-time and arduous task to improve the sportsmanship and fight against doping," he said.

The National Games are the highest level domestic competition. Athletes are thus prone to take all means to improve their results.

Xiao also mentioned a basketball game between Shanghai and Hubei played on Saturday when Hubei conceded an own shot to finish the competition. The match was in a draw and their rival needed at least five points to advance.

"They wanted to finish the match, but they shouldn't have thrown the ball into their own basket," Xiao said.

"It was wrong and violated the sportsmanship. The competition draws public attention and you have to be responsible for the public," he said.

The sports administration has introduced more strict rules at this Games to prevent doping and such incidents.

As of Sunday, a total of 307 events have been completed and a number of national records have been renewed.

Source: Xinhua
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