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ASIAdocument.write(“” + m[today.getMonth()+1]+ ” “+ today.getDate()+”, ” + theYear + ” “);HOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperChina Daily Global PDFChina Daily Global E-paperChina / SocietyHot IssuesGovernmentSocietyInnovationEducationCover StoryPeoplePhotosGold medals to lose a little of their lusterBy SUN XIAOCHEN (China Daily) Updated:2015-01-27 08:06Comments Print Mail Large Medium SmallMinistry says it will downplay the importance of winning in assessing performance, giving rewardsChinas top sports body has decided to downplay the importance of gold medals in assessing the performance of local sports officials. The move comes in the wake of scandals bred by the blind pursuit of glory.
The obsession with medals in Chinese sports circles has long been controversial. Medals may motivate athletes to train hard. But they also create incentives for such things as match-fixing and the use of performance-enhancing drugs when the rewards for winning at the Olympics or National Games are great.
The State General Administration of Sport, Chinas top sports governing body, said on Monday that it will no longer rank provincial teams by number of medals earned at the National Games, the countrys biggest domestic sports event, or reward indirect contributors-local sports officials and supporting crews-for medal victories at the Olympic Games or Asian Games.
“The blind medal mania has distorted the value of sport, becoming a breeding ground for scandals that have hurt the image of Chinese sport and should be eradicated,” said the statement published on the website of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the Communist Party of China.
As part of the countrys anti-corruption campaign, the watchdog sent an inspection group to examine the operations of the sports ministry and its affiliated centers from July to September. A series of malpractices and violations involving match-fixing, talent selection and event operations were discovered during the inspection, the statement said.
Many violations of the spirit of sportsmanship spirit can be attributed to the pursuit of medals at major events, because medals weigh heavily in the job evaluations and bonuses of local sports officials, according to Tan Jianxiang, a sports sociology professor at South China Normal University.
“Proper material rewards for athletes winning gold medals at the Olympics are reasonable. But if excessive prize money or job promotions are awarded, not only to athletes but to officials, major events might become breeding grounds for unscrupulous competition and even discipline violations,” Tan said.
However, simply eliminating medal counting or withdrawing rewards may not be enough to curb the obsession, given the lack of diversified criteria in evaluating local sports achievements, some say.
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