A Hong Kong football player, charged by the ICAC, was sentenced to a detention centre for offering bribes to his teammates for assistance in fixing a match against Russia's national youth team.
China is traditionally strong in sports like diving, table tennis and badminton, from which the world's most populous nation has reaped piles of international titles.
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New dawn has come as Chinese swimmers impressed the world in the year 2011 by making good results and big progress.
The top 10 athletes of China for the year of 2011 selected by Xinhua News Agency.
The nation had a lot to celebrate in 2011, but there were also some seriously disappointing moments.
New Hangzhou Greentown manager Takeshi Okada, famed for his confident predictions, left his players at the Chinese side laughing at him when he boldly told them he was targeting victory over Barcelona at the Club World Cup next year.
Chinese team was defeated by Ukraine 1.5-2.5 in the eighth round, but still won the 2011 World Women Chess Team Championship (WWTC) as India and Russia lost their chance to catch up in Mardin province of southeastern Turkey.
In 2011, big names left deep footprints in China's sports world. However, we cannot ignore the remarkable performances of the youngsters below.
Following are China's top ten sports news in 2011 selected by Xinhua.
This could be their most memorable Christmas abroad: basketball games, as usual; cheers and tears, as usual; Christmas night, in China.
Chinese sports fans had a lot to cheer about, and some things to jeer about in 2011