China’s soccer federation, rocked by ‘corruption crackdown’, gets new leadership

The Chinese Football Association, which has been rocked by authorities’ intense crackdown on corruption, has formed a new leadership, the Beijing Youth Daily reported on Saturday.

According to the report, the 12th Members’ Congress of the Chinese Football Association was held in Beijing on Sunday, where a new secretary was inaugurated and new leadership, including a president, vice-president and secretary-general, and 20 members of the executive committee, were elected.

Mr. Li Yingchuan, Deputy Director of the General Administration of Sport, was appointed as the new Secretary General of the Chinese Football Association.

Song Kai, deputy director of the Liaoning Provincial Sports Administration, who was also the deputy director of the transition team, was elected president of the soccer federation, while Yuan Yongqing and four others were elected vice presidents. Yuan Yongqing, who previously served as secretary of the Basketball Association, will also serve as secretary general.스포츠토토

With four of the five newly elected leaders replaced by new faces, the federation has begun to shake things up, according to the Beijing Youth Daily.

The arrest of former national soccer team coach Li Tie in November last year triggered a major shake-up in Chinese soccer. A number of former and current federation officials have fallen from grace, including Du Zhaochai, former deputy director of the General Administration of Sport, who was stripped of his official duties and party affiliation.

In April, the General Administration of Sport dispatched a seven-member permanent staff, led by deputy director Li Yingchuan, to take over the federations whose leadership had been wiped out.

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