BEIJING (AP) -- A senior Chinese sports official has been fired from his government position in a corruption probe, just weeks before the vote on Beijing's bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics.
The State Council announced Thursday that Xiao Tian, who was placed under investigation for possible corruption in June, was removed from the position as a vice minister of the General Administration of Sport of China.
Xiao was a vice chairman of China's national Olympic committee. He was also elected last September as one of three vice presidents of FIBA, basketball's world governing body.
Beijing is competing against Almaty, Kazakhstan, for the right to host the 2022 Games. The IOC vote will be held on July 31 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Since taking power in late 2012, Chinese President Xi Jinping has launched a broad-based campaign against corruption among bureaucrats and officials in state industry.