June 30, 2015

BEIJING (AP) An official says Beijing's 2022 Winter Olympic bid won't be affected by the investigation of a Chinese member of basketball's international governing body for possible corruption.

The ruling Communist Party's disciplinary watchdog said last Thursday that FIBA Vice President Xiao Tian was suspected of serious graft. No details were given.

Xiao is a vice minister of sport responsible for basketball, one of China's most popular sports.

''The development has no effect on the work of the bid. Beijing 2022's focus remains on our bid, and efforts to present the best possible plan,'' bid committee spokeswoman Wang Hui said in a statement.

Since taking power in mid-2013, Chinese President Xi Jinping has launched a broad-based campaign against corruption among bureaucrats and officials in state corporations.

In its quest for Olympic glory, China has lavished funds on its system of sports schools, leagues, and playing facilities, opening up ample room for corruption.

Xiao was elected as one of FIBA's three vice presidents in September.

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