Remember all the controversy over the Beijing Olympics and the underage gymnasts? Well, that country is once again at the center of a cheating scandal, this time involving a girls soccer team that won an international terminal last week. Yeah, I know it’s just soccer, but still. Here’s more from WTOP:
A Chinese high school team that won an international girl’s soccer tournament last week in Turkey had secretly bulked up its squad with players from the junior national team, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.
The team from Daping Junior High beat other high school squads from Turkey, Brazil, Sweden, and Italy in early round matches, before defeating a team from France in the semifinals and a German side in the final, Xinhua said.
While several of the junior national team players did attend Daping, the bulk of the team representing the school was made up of junior national team players who did not attend the school, according to the report issued late Thursday.
According to the official regulations posted on the International School Sport Federation’s Web site, all players participating in the tournament must be enrolled full time in the schools they played for.