Call for World Games costs - five months on

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 10 January, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 10 January, 2012, 12:00am


SHENZHEN - Municipal lawmakers and political advisers at provincial meetings at the weekend said they will call for the full disclosure of financial details from last August's costly World University Games.

Several officials attending the Shenzhen Municipal People's Congress yesterday and Municipal Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) on Saturday asked to see the full expenditure associated with the event, also known as the Universiade.

The concerns follow a report in China Times in August alleging that Shenzhen spent more than 300 billion yuan (about HK$365 billion) on the games and related infrastructure upgrades - causing a huge deficit.

Wang Wenruo, a Shenzhen People's Congress deputy, said: 'It's about public money and taxpayers have a right to know every detail.' The authorities have admitted only a little spending, such as 75 billion yuan on five new underground lines, and 12 billion yuan on a facelift to 15,000 buildings in the city.

Last October, more than 200 Guangzhou university students said they were still each owed 700 yuan for their work during the games.