Corruption in Indonesia fuelled by cheating culture at schools, critics say

Indonesian high school pupils sit for national exams in Malang in eastern Java. Cheating is rife in schools, critics claim. Photo: AFP

After praying for good grades in their exams, a group of Indonesian high-school students received a surprising text message - come to class 90 minutes early and you'll be given the answers.

Saturday, 1 June, 2013, 3:58am

Rational ref: diving an art or cheating

Liverpool's Luis Suarez has a reputation for going to ground easily. Photo: AP

To dive or not to dive, that is the question professional players have to ponder, particularly when prowling the penalty area. Diving, which match officials call simulation, is pretending to be fouled in an attempt to deceive the referee to gain a favourable decision. Some consider this to be cheating, while others believe it to be a useful skill.

17 Nov 2012 - 12:22pm

With all this doping, I no longer know what cheating means

With all this doping, I no longer know what cheating means

By the time this column finishes, I will have officially invoked a personal moratorium on the word "cheater" because I have no idea what it means any more. The definition has been irreparably bastardised.

19 Aug 2012 - 10:53am

Chinese teen star's splash causing ripple effects

Curiouser and curiouser becomes the tale of Chinese swimming sensation Ye Shiwen, a story of a prodigy who has stunned and divided the world of sports.

The 16-year-old and her country's sports training system have been given the British media treatment following her remarkable gold medals and record-breaking performances, and she has been dubbed the Mandarin Mermaid.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:49pm

Banned for athletes - and farmers

Clenbuterol is used for chronic breathing disorders such as asthma.

It is on the World Anti-Doping Agency's banned substance list because it can stimulate the beta-2 receptors, which in turn help an athlete to build muscle by allowing the body to release and burn more stored fat.

This is why it's used by livestock farmers to enhance lean pork.

12 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Other cases

Jessica Hardy

The American swimmer tested positive during the United States Olympic trials in 2008 and received a one-year ban. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) tried to extend the ban to two years, but lost in the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). Hardy blames a tainted nutritional supplement.

Josephine Onyia

12 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Zhou's career is thrown lifeline despite doping ban

Suspended shuttler Zhou Mi is welcome to seek a post-playing career with the Hong Kong Badminton Association once her two-year doping ban is over, the organisation's chairman said yesterday.

28 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Badminton doping case is revisited

Zhou Mi, badminton's former No 1 in the world, is expected to appear at a press conference today as she renews efforts to clear her name from a two-year doping suspension.

27 Oct 2011 - 12:00am


Local cabbies: the good and the bad

I had an unforgettable experience with two different taxi drivers recently. I went camping, and for the sake of convenience, my parents advised me to take a taxi rather than the bus. When I flagged down a cab, the driver was grumpy and didn't look happy to take me and my huge backpack. I was shocked by his attitude.

14 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Patients' concerns over steroids are based on misconceptions

Two recent hearings before the Hong Kong Medical Council have put the spotlight on steroids.

6 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Teachers are the best guard against cheating

What is more disturbing - the fact that Hong Kong students are hiring writers to cheat instead of writing their own papers, or the fact that such plagiarism agencies now proudly advertise their services all over town? The recent news that more and more Hong Kong students are heading to writers-for-hire is indeed alarming.

12 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Hundreds cheat at final examinations

Hundreds of Beijing Open University (BOU) students cheated during final exams on Saturday, with officials allowing them to do it and even helping, according to state media.

12 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Where gambling cheats go to buy their gadgets

Gambling is such a popular pastime in the Pearl River Delta that shops selling casino equipment and various punting aids have opened up on some of Guangzhou's busiest streets.

Goods for sale include baccarat tables, slot machines, chips, marked cards, 'X-ray' spectacles, 'magic' dice and software for creating online casinos.

25 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

16 held over exam cheating

Sixteen people from seven provinces have been detained following the busting of a group producing hi-tech equipment for the lucrative exam-cheating market.

Half of those detained were fresh graduates and postgraduates majoring in computer and radio technologies.

18 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Keeping age-cheats off our sports teams

News that one in five of 15,000 Guangdong athletes were found to have lied about their age has attracted worldwide media coverage. This follows claims that Chinese sports authorities had added years to the ages of two gymnasts who won gold medals at last year's Olympics, to make them eligible to compete.

13 Mar 2009 - 12:00am